Thorndike Press

A Word for Love

  • Emily Robbins
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  • ISBN-10: 1410498468
  • ISBN-13: 9781410498465
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.05 lbs ( .48 kgs)
  • 364 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released April 2017



This mesmerizing debut set in Syria on the cusp of unrest is the spare and exquisitely told story of a young American woman transformed by language, risk, war, and a startling new understanding of love. Robbins delivers a powerful novel that questions what it means to love from afar, to be an outsider within a love story, and to take someone else’s passion and cradle it until it becomes your own.


Customer Reviews

“With an impressive economy of words, Robbins, formerly a Fulbright Fellow in Syria, tells a story that proves that themes of love, loss, and freedom truly can transcend borders and time.”

— Booklist (starred)

“Robbins weaves a story complete with exquisite sentences, including descriptions of the Syrian landscape . . . Bea’s fascination with language and the unique characteristics of Arabic add delightful layers to the text. This is a rich, understated novel that offers an absorbing story full of longing, political intrigue, and the beauty found outside the familiar.”

— Publishers Weekly

“This debut serves as a meditation on the many meanings and forms of love, and how words and texts can be used both to love and to harm.”

— Library Journal