The Land Beneath the Light

A Palestinian reimagining of Jane Eyre

All  too often we are subjected to news of turmoil and conflict in  Palestine. By exploring the lived realities of those living under  occupation, The Land Beneath the Light presents  an alternative. Drawn loosely from the author’s own childhood  experiences of Palestine, Shereen Malherbe showcases the beauty of this  war-torn land and its people in her new novel. It follows Khadija as she  comes of age and struggles to come to terms with the trauma of her past  and the uncertainty of her future, using her deeply rooted Palestinian  heritage to survive. Through her novel, Malherbe shows that keeping this  heritage and the stories of Palestinian people alive is one of the most  powerful forms of resistance.

Shereen Malherbe will be read more and more as the wind carries her original, powerful, enchanting stories where rarely is a novel just a novel.

Yousef Khanfar, Guest Editor, World Literature Today-Palestine Voices


From her rural farmhouse at the bottom of the hilltop surrounded by the Occupation, Khadija’s life changes forever when the shadows descend causing destruction in her village.

In the wake of upheaval and ruin, Khadija draws upon her deeply rooted Palestinian heritage and stories to discover a life she’s always dreamed of.

A classic coming of age novel, The Land Beneath the Light explores the lived reality of those living under Occupation in Palestine.


Published January 2022 published by Beacon Books
Pre-order available now.

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