Book talk: “The Ninety-Ninth Floor”


Jana El-Hassan

*A light lunch is served at 12:30 p.m. Talk begins promptly at 1:00 p.m.

Shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2015, The Ninety-Ninth Floor unfolds between the 1982 massacre at Sabra and Shatila in Lebanon and life in the city of New York in 2000. It follows the struggles and triumphs of Majed as he makes it in Manhattan at the turn of the century, after surviving the devastating 1982 massacre at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camp. A Palestinian born and raised in Lebanon, Majed creates a new life for himself in the glittery world of New York City’s computer games industry. But with all the success, his past continues to haunt him. Majed falls in love with Hilda, a dancer, whose wealthy family from Mount Lebanon thrived on the power of the Christian right wing during the Lebanese civil war and were directly involved in the massacre at Sabra and Shatila. A multi-voiced narration, The Ninety-Ninth Floor conveys the brutality that war leaves on the people who experience it. It is also a love story that asks questions about the ability of passion to overcome hatred and difference.

Copies of The Ninety-Ninth Floor, which you can read more about herewill be available for purchase at the event.


Author Bio
Jana El-Hassan is an award-winning novelist, journalist and translator from Lebanon. Her first novel Forbidden Desires won the Simon Hayek Award and both her second novel Me, She and Other Women, and third novel, The Ninety Ninth Floor were shortlisted for the International Prize of Arabic Fiction. The Ninety Ninth Floor is her first novel to be translated into English (by Michelle Hartman) and other languages. In 2015, Jana Elhassan was included in BBC’s 100 Women series, a two-week season featuring inspiring women around the world.



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