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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  127 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Daughters of Iraq is the compelling story of three women from the same family. It is the story of emigration from Iraq to Israel as experienced by two sisters: Violet, whom we learn about through a diary she kept after being diagnosed with a critical illness, and Farida, whose personality unfolds through her relationship with her surroundings, and with herself. The third c...more
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Published (first published March 26th 2011)
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Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
A novel of three women who were staunch believers in their families and their religion.

Daughters of Iraq allows the reader into the lives of Farida, Nao, and Violet. Their lives were shared through everyday situations, through diaries, and through memories. Each woman had a dream of her own, but they all had their family and their religion as the base of all of their dreams. You learn how each woman is different yet the same. The descriptions of the characters in terms of physical as well emotio...more
Zohar -
“Daugh­ters of Iraq” by Revi­tal Shiri-Horowitz is a fic­tional story of three women from the same fam­ily. It is a story of emi­gra­tion seen through the eyes of two of the women and one who is first gen­er­a­tion Israeli.

Sis­ters Farida and Violet’s fam­ily was being forced to move from Iraq due to their reli­gion. This event, which occurred in the 1950s, shaped their lives and changed them for­ever. Noa, Violet’s daugh­ter also feels the effects of this event and the sto­ries of her mother an...more
Georgina Young-ellis
Daughters of Iraq swept me up into the lives of the three Jewish women from whose point of view I came to understand the struggles of transplanted refugees from Iraq to Israel. I was fascinated with every aspect of the story. As an American with little understanding of the culture, or the struggle Iraqi Jews went through, I could not get enough. This book opened my eyes and brought me into a world completely different from my own by means of the flawless narrative and wonderfully drawn character...more
Wonderful book about family relations, friendship, love and continuity in a world where values and family stories are preserved and cherished.
Beth Barany
What a touching story! I loved how the three stories wove together, and how the story was told with grace and love.
Wanda Hartzenberg
So let's get something straight, I love reading fiction. It is primarily my reading material of choice. I am blond, shallow and easily entertained. That said I am also not a total idiot. So at times I really get lost in a narrative that opens up a new world to me. The Daughters of Iraq is one such book. The narrative, coursing over generations, sometimes in diary form etc draws the reader into a life and a world I have little if no knowledge about. For some reason or another it never occurred to...more
I am so happy that I was invited to join in on the blog tour for Daughters Of Iraq. This book takes the reader on a journey through a period of history that many did not know existed. After the Second World War the world began to learn about the torture European Jews had to endure. But how much do we know about those Jew's living in the Middle East around the same time. They too ended up being pushed out of there homes and many escaped to Israel, including the characters in this book.

This book...more
Evangeline Han
The jumps in the story’s year timeline was confusing initially. Readers are brought to Violet’s childhood world, Farida and Noa’s present world, the time the family migrated to Israel, and Violet’s illness period. After the first few chapters, I got used to the jumps and reading the book became easier. Although this book is a fictional novel, the telling of the story made it sound hauntingly real. As I read, I had to remind myself that I was reading a historical novel, and not a nonfiction biogr...more
Life, Death, Love, Loss, Growth. In Daughters of Iraq, author Revital Shiri-Horowitz tackles these issues and does it with astonishing grace and skill. Told in the alternating narratives of three different women from the same family, Shiri-Horowitz takes us from Iraq to Israel, from Loss to Living and from merely coping to truly existing.

Noa Rosen has lost her mother and is still reeling from that loss. A twenty-something student in Israel, she is seeking meaning and understanding. When she is g...more
Sandy Wolters
A heartwarming family tale of love and loss.

I feel the need to start this review out by stating that DAUGHTERS OF IRAQ by REVITAL SHIRI-HOROWITZ is more than just another novel. This is family storytelling at its best. Every once in a while, you come across a book that the author has put her whole heart and soul into and is able to convey every emotion flawlessly to the reader. This is one of those very special books. I was completely absorbed by the stories of Violet, Farida and Noa and I felt...more
Daughters of Iraq tells the story of Iraqi Jews from the points of view of three women. Sisters Violet and Farida grew up in Iraq. They lived a fairly good life until the politics of the region drove them to Israel. They had to make new lives for themselves. The third woman is Violet's daughter Noa. Born in Israel, Noa is discovering about her past through a diary written by Violet. These three stories are woven together with past and present combining to tell a marvelous tale of love, family, a...more
The book was so much more than I expected. The story revolves around 3 women, two sisters, Farida and the deceased Violet, (we hear from her via her diary) and Violet's daughter, Noa. It is a story of family, hurt, love, forgiveness and growing up.
I believe this book will especially appeal to women who like inspirational books, historically based books, those who like to learn more about other cultures and women of the Jewish faith. I must ask you not to pass it up because you feel that if you...more

Daughters of Iraq introduced me into the world and traditions of a culture I had never thought to enter into. What a shame it took me so long. I used to think of Iraq, Israel as just words, a place, you know what I mean? I now see the people and some of their history. I was drawn into the story by characters who shared their lives as if they were never a part of a fiction. The use of their native language really cinched it for me. I liked the way Revital Shiri-Horowitz flicked the story from pas...more
Literary  Chanteuse
Being from an ethnic back round myself and having heard stories from family members of how it was back home I felt like I was hearing them again while reading this book. It gave me a warm feeling of family and tradition. It enriches our lives to remember and pass on to future generations. The endurance of the women in this story is amazing. There is a sense of pride and hope that you are left with.
Matt Posner
I bought this book for my wife who eagerly read it, telling me how interesting the characters were and how much she was learning. I don't usually read this kind of book, but I began reading and got hooked too. This is a rare glimpse into the lives of women in a community most of us never heard about. Dare I call it "The Joy Luck Club" for Iraqi Jewish women? Great read!
Catherine Yezak
This was a good story. You find out what life is like for 2 generations of Jewish women who lived and loved during World War II and Sadam Hussein's reign. It was interesting to see Farida, Violet, and Noa evaluate their lives based on what they are having to face. Whether it is love or the loss of life, these women prove how strong we really are!
Regina Lindsey
Daughters of Iraq by Reivtal Shiri Horowitz
3.5 stars rounded to 4

A Jewish family of prominence living in Iraq in the 1940's decides to flee to Israel to escape progoms initiated after the establishment of the Jewish state. Most of the story is told through the perspectives of three of the family's women - the two sisters, Violet and Farida, and Violet's daughter, Noa. The sisters arrived in Israel as young women and experienced all of the events familiar to any female coming of age - first love...more
D.J. Weaver
Learned much about the country that I never knew. Interesting interaction of characters. Well written and interesting. I different kind of read.

This book is about three women, two of whom emigrated from Iraq to Israel. Violet and Farida are sisters who fled Iraq in the 1940s. The third character is Violet’s daughter Noa.
The story jumps from 1940 Iraq to modern day Israel with a journal written by Violet interwoven into the two stories.

Between Farida’s stories told to her granddaughter and niece, and Violet’s desperate attempt to leave something of herself for her children as she faces death from a terminal disease much too soon the li...more
I enjoyed the way the naration of this novel changed, how it crossed generations and country borders. In these pages one learns about the power of family and history and the way we are connected to those who came before us. Really, well written and enjoyable - as well as insightful, I feel as I need to do a bit more research into the history of Iraq and the middle east in general.

"I must point out that in those days, women like my grandmother were considered peculiar; wandering through the villa...more
Uvi Poznansky
This is a story spun across several generations, weaving the voices of three woman of the same family, entwining memories and reality between two different locations: Iraq and Israel.

As you read the chapters--each one a short burst of one of the three voices--you begin to compose them, to fit the threads into a complete design. Violet's voice is the first one you hear, and it comes from the time of her childhood in Iraq. Told in first-person narrative, it resonates with humor and with the spiri...more
Christoph Fischer
"Daughters of Iraq" by Revital Shiri-Horowitz is a touching and informative read, the story of three women from the same family as they live as Jews in Iraq and Israel.
The story is told in alternating episodes jumping between three eras: Iraq in the 1940s and its seemingly happy Jewish community as it falls apart after the creation of Israel. Jews become the object of hate and most emigrate to Israel. Then life in Israel in the 1950s as the newcomers to the state realise they have lost their ho...more
P.C. Zick
Revital Shiri-Horowitz's Daughters of Iraq gives a glimpse into a world that I’ve never explored or even considered. Once the veil parted, the visions held on the other side bathed me in their golden halo of reminiscences.

I know enough about the history of the Middle East, including both Iraq and Israel, to know that its historical story overflows with themes of war. Daughters of Iraq leaves the wars alone for the most part except for Eddie, who fights a losing battle for Jews living in the Musl...more
Shira Reiss
Having been to Israel, I had heard how immigrants arrived in Israel and lived in tents. However, this book that gave the personal accounts of the women who arrived from Iraq: sisters, Farida and Violet and then Violet's daughter, Noa, gave me a deeper understanding of the hardship of the immigration and a peek into a world of the Iraqi Jews and how they lived before arriving in Israel. What a shame how the entire culture of the Iraqi Jews that had existed for centuries is now gone. I am sorry no...more
Alejandro Canton-Dutari
I read this book as a historical family saga describing relocation from Iraq to Israel. I must admit that I am partial to themes such as the present one.
It was interesting to read some chapters written in first person and others as a narrative. The former I felt more compelling than the latter.
My favourite character was Farida, and her continuous “A blessing on your head, ”impelled my imagination to complete the phrase with “Mazel tov, Mazel tov,” as sung in Fiddler on the Roof.
I was surprised b...more
Dina Tanners
This is a powerful story, weaving together at least three stories:

1) The story of 3 generations, 2 of which immigrated from Iraq to Israel and the third born in Israel, and their lives prior to immigration, the first few years after arrival and the more modern times (late 1980s).

2) The story of relationships in a family, especially among the women of different generations

3) Dealing with death in a family and the legacy the mother left to her children through her journal about her earlier life. T...more
Really enjoyed this story. It was nice to read through the eyes of the different characters. It's a story of survival, love, family, death and soul searching. I love historical, realistic fiction. This was a nice surprise for me. The characters were very well-rounded and I could easily connect with each one. I could feel what they were feeling. It was also interesting to learn about Jewish people in Iraq and some of the things that happened to the characters and the culture in general during the...more
Gillian Black
one of the first books I bought on my kindle. Really enjoyed this family story.
Story of Iraqi Jews from the view point of three sisters who emigrated to Israel.
I was drawn into the lives of Violet and Farida before the time of Saddam Hussein. I never thought of Israeli's in Iraq and how they were treated. I loved how the author went back and forth in time to present day with Noa and her life without Violet, her mother, who left behind a diary of her life. It was a touching love story of family seen through the eyes of these three women.
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Revital Shiri-Horowitz was born and raised in Israel. As a kid, she wrote poetry and short stories, and wrote in her journal up until she met her husband. She never imagined that one day she'd be a published author in multiple languages, and in so many countries, and even continents.

Revital went on to earn a BA in Hebrew Literature and Geography from Tel Aviv University, an MA in Geography from Ha...more
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