A Word for Love


*One of InStyle.com’s “7 Books You Need to Read in January 2017* 
*One of Bustle’s 15 New Authors You’re Going To Be Obsessed With * 
*A January 2017 Vogue (UK) “VOGUEnotices” Pick* 
*One of BookRiots “12 New Books for Winter 2017”*

"Robbins’ melodic novel is story of war, family, language, but above all, a paean to unabashed, unbridled love. Told in quiet but elegant prose, each thump of this melodic novel’s heart (and what an enormous, rousing heart it is) attests to the timeless and life-giving power of love."
Khaled Hosseini – New York Times-bestselling author of The Kite Runner and And the Mountains Echoed
"With lyrical precision and sharp psychology, A Word for Love asks us to consider the ways one household might become a world, one love might become a universe."
Rebecca Makkai – author of Music for Wartime
“Transforms the most impossibly tangled and de-humanizing aspects of the world we live in now into prose so clear and clean you could drink it.”
Kathryn Davis – author of Duplex and The Thin Place
"A Word for Love artfully tells a human story while keeping a mounting conflagration (in Syria and elsewhere) constantly in its frame. Subtle, lapidary, powerful, the novel beautifully evokes the quiet of rooms and the turbulence outside, showing how an innocent evolves into a witness, and how much it costs her, and how much more it costs those she comes to love."
Zachary Lazar – author of Sway





Emily Robbins has lived and worked across the Middle East and North Africa. From 2007 to 2008, she was a Fulbright Fellow in Syria, where she studied religion and language with a women’s mosque movement, and lived with the family of a leading intellectual. Robbins holds a BA from Swarthmore College and an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis.  In 2016, she received a second Fulbright to study in Jordan.