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Mohammed is an aggressive, dominant character who bullies his wife and four children and wages paranoiac diatribes against his sister and her family. It is only when Mohammed leaves for work every morning that the house relaxes into the rich interconnectivity of familial relationships: between Mohammed’s gentle wife Fatima and his sister Rana, who yearns desperately to con ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published May 15th 2015 by Inanna Publications
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James Fisher
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nova Scotian author Charlotte R. Mendel has written a different kind of novel with A Hero (2015, Inanna Publications*). It is different in that it concerns the lives of an extended Muslim family living in an unnamed post-revolutionary Muslim country. While the family is Muslim, it could be any family living anywhere, from the inner city to the suburbs. In fact, as I started reading the book, it seemed to me like a Muslim version of "All in the Family". That is not meant to take anything away fro ...more
Nancy Dow
I enjoyed this book immensely. Great writing. Great story. Not that a book
needs to be timely and relevant but this one couldn’t be more spot-on with
what is happening in Canada at the moment with the influx of refugees from
Syria. Set in a small town in the midst of the Arab Spring, an extended
family is largely contained in one home while the world crashes down
around. I found the character development top-notch. And neatly laid out
in that Mendel devotes each chapter to a different character’s
persp
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Cindy
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is Charlotte's second book that I have read...loved it. I am always totally amazed that an author can evoke so many emotions in their readers. As I read the book I kept changing how I felt about the characters. I thoroughly enjoyed the chance to be a fly on the wall and to get a glimpse into another culture. I would highly recommend reading this book and if you ever get a chance to go to one of Charlotte's readings...do so!!, she is an amazing story teller, just listening to her read is a p ...more
Eileen Crane
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book about interesting and deep characters. The events unfold and are told through the differing perspectives of these characters, letting us get to know each of them through their thoughts and views of the world around them. It is easy to become invested in the characters. We are able to see the differences (and similarities) between Western and Arabic cultures through the events and the search for the meaning of heroism. I am hoping Mendel continues to write about this family!
Janet Cameron
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Like Turn Us Again, this novel skillfully uses family dynamics to make a broader point about morality and the choices that define us. I felt myself pulled into the daily life of this family and thought of them as real people rather than fictional characters. Great story that deserves a wide audience. I look forward to seeing what Charlotte Mendel will bring us next.
Naomi
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it
This could have been so much better. Too many sexual scenes for my liking and only started getting good towards the end.
Sharon Van bavel
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I didn't really enjoy this. There were lots of themes, issues,ideas ... that too me seemed undeveloped and like mini lectures throughout the story. It seemed unfocused to me... good potential but like a draft.
Nicholas Sumner
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thought provoking and tightly written second novel from Ms. Mendel, full of vivid well drawn characters, I have no hesitation in strongly recommending it.
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