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Release day: Our Own Private Fig Tree

14 October 2021

Today is the official release of Our Own Private Fig Tree by Rania Battany (ebook and paperback, self-published). Here’s the blurb:

Cover image of Our Own Private Fig Tree by Rania Battany1988: In a multicultural pocket of inner-city Melbourne, sixteen-year-old Caleb falls in love with Samira, his Lebanese neighbour. Both understand the rules that determine they’re not allowed to date, but neither stays away. As they hide in the branches of a giant fig tree, their forbidden love blossoms … until tragedy pulls them apart.

1998: A chance encounter has reunited Caleb and Samira. Now that she’s no longer the sixteen-year-old girl he fell in love with but a beautiful grown woman, Caleb is certain they’ll have a second chance. But cultural rules don’t go away simply because they’re adults. Instead, they’re left facing the same battle they did as teens. Except this time, Caleb realises the threads of culture and heritage are weaved much deeper into his own life than he could’ve imagined.

He has a choice. To fight for the woman he loves, or to do what everyone before him has done. Follow the rules.

Rania dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:

Our Own Private Fig Tree delves into culture and heritage and how that defines us. It’s a book about the intensity of young love and the endurance of a love that should have never been. It explores the secrets we keep in order to protect the people we love and the decisions we need to make, even if those decisions mean hurting the people most important to us.

You can find out more about this book at Rania’s website or buy it from here.

  1. 15 October 2021 6:26 am

    Congratulations Rania!

    • raniabattany permalink
      16 October 2021 12:11 pm

      Thanks so much Sandy!

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