Planning your reads for 2018? I suggest “Salt Houses” by Hala Alyan, a beautifully written generational family story that is unforgettable. The story starts in Nablus in 1963 with Salma, the mother of Alia and Mustafa. This book follows Salma and her family through time, and shows us how conflict and war plays out on the micro-scale of one family. This book teaches us as readers about trauma and love and marriage and family and gives us complicated, flawed characters that defy categorization. I highly highly recommend this book. My video review is below.