New novel announcement-The Land Beneath the Light.

New novel announcement 🇵🇸 🍉

I wanted to tie in my attendance @worldlittoday Palestine Voices event with the news that @beacon_books will be publishing my next novel, The Land Beneath the Light.

From her rural farmhouse at the bottom of the hilltop surrounded by the Occupation, Khadija’s life is changed when the shadows come and cause destruction in her village. In the wake of upheaval and ruin, Khadija draws upon her deeply rooted Palestinian heritage and stories often shared through the voice of a storyteller. A classic coming of age novel, The Land Beneath the Light explores the lived reality of those living under Occupation in Palestine. Rooted in Islamic theology, it provides an ethereal backdrop to a story set in one of the most sought after places in the world.


My family live throughout the West Bank and when I last visited, events there changed my outlook on how my family live under Occupation.
I have an urgency to share and capture this because I don’t know what Palestine my children will inherit and I don’t want my family’s stories to be lost.

As @yousef.khanfar eloquently says in his @worldlittoday introduction, “These magical narratives might not save lives, but they save souls.”

If you would like to be part of this journey, please get in touch with me or @beacon_books

Thank you all for your continued support on this personal journey.


Published by Shereen Malherbe

Shereen Malherbe is a writer & author. Her novel, Jasmine Falling has been voted as one of the top 20 Best Books by Muslim women. Her second contemporary fiction novel, The Tower, is now used as academic set text in a US university. Her migrant children's book series, The Girl Who Slept Under The Moon was followed in 2022 with, The Girl Who Stitched the Stars. Her short story, The Cypress Tree has been published in World Literature Today's landmark edition on Palestine Voices. Her latest novel, a Palestinian reimagining of Jane Eyre, The Land Beneath the Light has been nominated alongside her children's book, for the Palestine Book Awards 2022.

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