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Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa
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What I truly loved about this book was that it combines both a genuine historical account and a breathtaking personal narrative. I've read many books on Palestine although, and I admit, only few of them have to do with as much of literature as Mornings in Jenin. I must say, however, that this is the most beautifully woven account I've ever read. The small and simple details Abulhawa attaches to each of her characters are enough to draw you into the story from the beginning to the end. When I asked Abulhawa who Amal, with a long vowel, was, she told me that although many parts of Amal's life were inspired by Abulhawa's own, the character is fictional. The Jerusalem school part for instance is real, and it's a school Abulhawa used to attend in her adolescence. I was thrilled to know that Mona Jalayta is also real for she's one of my favorite characters in the book.
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