The Glass Coffeehouse
Asma Bohsali Kombargi
Bright Sky Press
An intimate look at life in Lebanon after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, The Glass Coffeehouse explores themes of love, sacrifice, loyalty and family connection. This collection of interwoven narratives blends memoir and historical fiction to reveal the unique texture of Beirut and its citizens in the 20th century. The compelling and detailed stories revolve around the titular Glass Coffeehouse, a family-owned shop that becomes the stage for vibrant cultural debates and discussions. Changes in the power structure reverberate through the lives of the interrelated characters and provide insight on a rich culture in the throes of transition. Asma Bohsali Kombargi combines personal experience, family lore and a deep understanding of the region to provide engaging stories that offer fresh perspective on this complex and important culture.
After attending the American School for Girls in Beirut, Asma attended the University of Houston where she earned her BS in Political Science, graduating with Honors, and then stayed on to earn a Ph. D in International Relations. For many years Kombargi was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston and St. Thomas where she taught Middle Eastern and European Politics. Asma has five children and now enjoys being a grandmother while living in Houston with her husband.