A Word for Love


*An ILLINOIS READS book of 2019* 
*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”*

"A beautifully crafted story... Her poetic style plunges the reader into the scene, her tone reminiscent of Camus... A Word for Love made this reader cry from feeling the transformative, redemptive power of fiction. This profoundly satisfying novel ventures to the very heart of romance and its literary origins in the seventh-century lyric poetry of the Arabian desert."
Washington Independent Review of Books
"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
"A stunning first novel on love, loss and language."
The Chicago Tribune
"Emily Robbins's debut novel is not about Syria so much as dictatorship in general... It is also a lyrical study of love and loss, one not to be overlooked."
The Globe and Mail





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. In 2016, she was a Fulbright Fellow in Jordan. Originally from Oregon, she lives with her husband and son in Oslo, Norway.