Laila Halaby


Born in Lebanon to a Jordanian father and American mother, Laila Halaby (ليلى حلبي) grew up mostly in Arizona. She have traveled some and lived for bits of time in New Jersey, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Jordan, and Italy. She studied languages and literatures in college, and have worked a number of jobs from waitress (first job) to counselor (most recent).

In addition to West of the Jordan (her first novel, published in 2003) and now Once in a Promised Land, she also writes poetry and children’s fiction.

She currently live with her family in Tucson, Arizona.

(From website)

Bibliography: (English)


  • West of the Jordan. 2003
  • Once in a Promised Land. 2008

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Laila Halaby

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