Young Adult, Coming of Age
Date Published: March 2022
We were unbreakable.
We were strong, and we were resilient.
Just like the olive tree.
Nisma is like any other 16-year-old. She goes to school, she fights with
her brothers, and she loves her grandmother, Nazik. But, life for Nisma
isn’t as simple as boys and books: Nisma is an Islamic Palestinian in
Israel, and her new friend, Hannah, is a Zionist.
When Hannah’s mother is attacked and Nisma invites the pair to live
in her family home, she has no idea of the chain of events that she has set
in motion. What unfolds will show Nisma that in a country shrouded by
corruption, bigotry and segregation, love and compassion is her best chance
A love letter to the Palestinian people, Mariam El Houli’s The Olive
Tree is a heartbreaking and gripping debut – a tale of friendship,
strength and loss, and the fatal consequences systematic prejudice can have
on a country’s people.
About the Author
Mariam El Houli is an author, entrepreneur, and loving wife and mother. Of
proud Lebanese background, Mariam lives in Melbourne, Australia with her
husband and five children. Mariam obtained a Bachelor of Literature and
Composition from Griffith University.
Mariam created global skincare business, Eve’s Skin, from absolutely
nothing. Vegan, organic, and Australian made, Eve’s Skin offers
premium skincare at affordable prices. She also co-founded Mica Minerals, an
organic mineral makeup brand.
When Mariam isn’t penning her next bestseller, heading her prosperous
skincare label, or doting on her family, you can find her whipping up
delicious Lebanese delicacies in the kitchen.
Mariam’s aim is to save the world one book at a time.