"Lyrical, piercing, and powerful.”

LARA PRESCOTT, author of The Secrets We Kept

"Dalia Azim’s luminous Country of Origin is a complex and moving portrait of a family reshaped by a young woman’s determination to change the course of her life. Tender and wise, this novel explores the steep costs of loyalty, betrayal, and revolution—and the tenacity of love. A transporting debut."

KIRSTIN VALDEZ QUADE,  author of The Five Wounds

“Evocative and moving, Country of Origin shows the struggles of two families caught up in the tumult of recent history. Love, loss, betrayal, migration, all of these are deftly explored in this fine first novel. Dalia Azim has given us a true and powerful story of the ties that bind and the ties that break, and our endless negotiation between the two.”

—BEN FOUNTAIN, author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

“I picked this book up, not expecting the mystery, courage, and riveting adventure I would find in its pages. I put it down three days later, changed as the best books change you: stronger, and of wider, wilder vision. Among the best novels I’ve read in years.”

—DEB OLIN UNFERTH, author of Barn 8

2022 Honorable Mention for Historical Fiction, Foreword Reviews INDIES Book of the Year Awards