Dixiane Hallaj


Dixiane Hallaj spent eleven years living and working in the Middle East as part of her husband's extended family, gaining a deep understanding of the culture and the problems that face the Palestinian people. She recently interviewed women in refugee camps for her award winning doctoral dissertation. Dixie received her PhD in 2006 from George Mason University.
She currently lives in Purcellville, Virginia with her husband of 52 years, Muhammad Hallaj and their cat named "Dog."

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Aunt Nellie B
By Dixiane Hallaj
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,950. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2013. Category: Fiction
Charli is convinced that the women in her family are the victims of a curse—they go through husbands at an alarming rate. At a young age, she begins a journal. How can she avoid the curse? Aunt Nellie must have the answers. The journal reappears at critical moments in Charli’s life. Each reappearance brings new secrets and new insights. Will she fall victim?
Born a Refugee: A Novel of One Palestinian Family
By Dixiane Hallaj
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 134,100. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2011. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Born a Refugee opens a window into the lives of one Palestinian family living in the Kalandia refugee camp amidst the harsh constraints and violence of military occupation. Four sons and their widowed mother build surprisingly normal lives as they support each other through tragedy and trauma, love and joy in spite of very different views on life, love, and politics.

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Smashwords book reviews by Dixiane Hallaj

  • My Adventures As Brother Rat by Lin Yao, Dowager Queen, Land of Five Dragons on April 20, 2012
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    My Adventures as Brother Rat was fast-paced and well written. Even though it was probably written for a younger audience, I enjoyed every minute of it. Set in a China of long ago, the story portrays a feudal society with warring kings and plenty of intrigue, brimming with prophetic dreams and ghosts--who are as likely to be helpful and benevolent as not. Lin Yao, a young girl orphaned by marauding soldiers, trains as a healer and later as a warrior. The nickname Brother Rat hides her gender from all but a select few. Lin Yao's sense of duty to her country forces her to maintain her dual identity through a long and adventurous life that has moments of humor as well as tears. Her wisdom, compassion, and boundless capacity for love make Brother Rat an unforgettable character. I whole-heartedly recommend this for readers of all ages.
  • Another Space in Time, Returns on Sep. 16, 2012
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    The universe Richard Bunning constructs in Another Space in Time Returns is imaginative, interesting, and consistent throughout. The story is interesting, with plenty of action. Bunning takes you into the mind of the protagonist who, as people do, thinks a lot about what he’s about to do as he embarks on a dangerous under-cover operation. He argues with himself endlessly about whether or not the ends justify the means. In actuality, people do have long internal arguments that circle around the same thoughts as they step into morally questionable territory, but the reader does not have to share it all. That being said, would I read another Richard Bunning book? Definitely. His writing is grammatically correct; his proofreading is excellent. More important—his creative storylines are interesting.