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Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa
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Jul 05, 12

Read in July, 2012

This is such a moving story filled with people who walk off the pages as living breathing people with emotions, insecurities and complexities that ring entirely true.
Like the other reviewers I had heard things from the Israeli point of view, which is largely that reflected in the western media, and was glad to have a different perspective on the conflicts in Israel and Palestine. The author's voice is authentic and she keeps a sense of perspective from the initial generation whose son is befriended by a Jewish boy, through to the central character Amal's brother who is raised as an Israeli, knowing nothing of his true origins.
My son has visited and worked in both Israel and the West Bank, so I was aware that things were not always as they were represented and Susan Abulhewa provides the Arab community with a much needed voice. Throughout the book though one feels that this is a wider tale of the futility and cruelty of warm but through it all a thread of hope shines out.
I am so glad I read this book. It will stay with me for a long time.
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