My Name is Salma
by Faqir, Faqir
When Salma becomes pregnant before marriage in her small village in the Levant, her innocent days playing the pipe for her goats are gone for ever. She is swept into prison for her own protection. To the sound of her screams, her newborn baby daughter is snatched away. In the middle of the most English of towns, Exeter, she learns good manners from her landlady, and settles down with an Englishman. But deep in her heart the cries of her baby daughter still echo. When she can bear them no longer, she goes back to her village to find her. It is a journey that will change everything – and nothing. Slipping back and forth between the olive groves of the Levant and the rain-slicked pavements of Exeter, “My Name is Salma” is a searing portrayal of a woman’s courage in the face of insurmountable odds.