Kamila is nine years old when she is taken from the poverty of her childhood village in southern Lebanon to Beirut.Though she has never learned to read or write, stories, poetry and films are her passion, and she longs to go to school. Instead, she is to lead a life of domestic servitude-and worse, she has been secretly betrothed to her brother-in-law, Abu-Hussein, a man eighteen years her senior. One day Kamila catches sight of a beautiful young man, Muhammad, sitting by a fountain and she falls deeply in love.The following year, to her fury and anguish, Kamila is married to Abu-Hussein. In secret, but risking everything, Kamila continues to see Muhammad. But in choosing to follow her heart, she must also, agonisingly, leave behind her daughters. Evoking the fabric of life in Lebanon, 'The locust and the bird' is a and intensely moving memoir.