Book Size: 5.25" x 8"

Pages: 320

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781623719289

Imprint: Interlink Books

Edition: 1

Translator: Paula Haydar

Release date: November 6, 2019

Awards: Shortlisted for the International Prize for Arab Fiction


June Rain


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About this book

A moving novel about Lebanon shortlisted for the International Prize for Arab Fiction.

One of Lebanon's leading writers recreates a village forever transformed by the massacre of one Christian community by another, and its impact on a mother and her long-estranged son.

On June 16, 1957, a shoot-out in a village church in northern Lebanon leaves two dozen people dead. In the aftermath of the massacre, the town is divided in two: the Al-Ramis in the north and their rivals, the Al-Semaanis, in the south. But lives once so closely intertwined cannot easily be divided. Neighbors turn into enemies, and husbands and wives are forced to choose between loyalty to each other and loyalty to their clan.

Drawing on an actual killing that took place in his home town, Douaihy reconstructs that June day from the viewpoints of people who witnessed the killings or whose lives were forever altered by them. A young girl overhears her father lending his gun to his cousins but refusing to accompany them to the church. A school boy walks past the dead bodies, laid out in the town square on beds brought out from the houses. A baker, whose shop is trapped on the wrong side of the line, hopes the women who buy his bread will protect him.

At the center of Douaihy's masterful novel is Eliyya, who, twenty years after emigrating to the US, returns to the village to learn about the father who was shot through the heart in the massacre: the father he never knew. But can the village, alive with the ghosts of his childhood, really provide Eliyya answers to questions he canÍt even articulate?

With an incredible eye for detail, Douaihy describes that fateful Sunday when rain poured from the sky and the traditions and affections of village life were consumed by violence and revenge.


About the author

Jabbour Douaihy is a celebrated Lebanese novelist born in the town of Zgharta, northern Lebanon, in 1949. He holds a PhD degree in comparative literature from the Sorbonne and works as a professor of French literature at the Lebanese University. He has published seven works of fiction, including June Rain, which was shortlisted for the inaugural International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2008 and The Vagrant, shortlisted for IPAF in 2012. The American Quarter reached the IPAF long list in 2015. His latest novel, Printed in Beirut, will be published by Interlink in 2018.


“Cries out for an English translation.” – The National

“Douaihy offers a highly original portrait–sometimes poignant, and sometimes sarcastic–of a Middle East still to discover.” – La Stampa, Italy

“Jabbour Douaihy builds a powerful and complex novel with several voices, artfully weaving childhood memories and an adult’s investigation.” –Le Canard enchaîné, France

“An exciting, successful literary novel.” – Der Freitag

“A powerful novel which one cannot fail to recommend.” – Etudes


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