May Mansoor Munn
May Mansoor Munn was born in Jerusalem to Palestinian-Quaker parents. Her native language is Arabic, but she fell in love with the English language when she attended the Friends Girls' School in Ramallah, the West Bank. At 15, May left for college in the United States, receiving, at 19, a BA in both English and Religion from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. She later minored in history at the University of Houston.
May taught at the Friends Girls' School in Ramallah, where her mother and grandmother had taught before her. She also taught world history in Houston, Texas. But her real passion continues to be writing. Over the years, May has written and published essays, articles, poetry, and short stories in regional and national publications. This is her first published novel.
May believes in the universality of our human longings - regardless of ethnicity, religion, or politics. She lives in Houston with her husband and Bisseh, their friendly Quaker cat.
Ladies of the Dance
Prior to the Six-Day War in 1967, Alya Habeeb, a Muslim-Christian teacher, and the radio personality Majed Alami, dance with international friends in the Semiramis Hotel courtyard, ignoring the pending conflict. But her brother Omar is willing to risk it all to fight for freedom. As tensions mount, they must learn new steps that will lead them into a world forever changed by political upheaval.
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