The pearl tree stood alone in the center of a poor man’s garden. It dropped iridescent pearls every morning, but if the man got too close, branches whipped out to slap him. Pearls at his feet, and not one to sell in the markets. Still, the man tried every so often to snatch just one pearl. But each effort left him with a welt across the face and a gash on his arm. One day, the man grew so angry he decided to cut down the tree....
There was a man and a woman, married for years who were wise to believe in the evil eye. They knew spirits that were made of smoke, not flesh, roamed the earth, looking for ways to cause mischief.
Labeled as “too short” or “not Arab enough,” Hussain said that the collection went beyond what was on the page, inspiring readers to explore what was unsaid and unwritten.
This one is called The King with One Daughter and features a king who loses his only child despite his best efforts.