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Carol (carolfromnc) | 207 comments We will be starting our group read on June 15th, in a couple of weeks. This is a reminder to find your copy now if you intend to join us. Who plans to participate?


Jalilah | 753 comments Yes! I will participate!
Please Ignore my comment in the other thread asking when the discussion starts! I'll delete the comment later!


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Carol (carolfromnc) | 207 comments Lila wrote: "Yes! I will participate!
Please Ignore my comment in the other thread asking when the discussion starts! I'll delete the comment later!"


Excellent! i may be the only reader in the universe who hasn't read Mornings in Jenin and am looking forward to this read and discussion of Susan Abulhawa's second outing.


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Carol (carolfromnc) | 207 comments Our group read of this book starts in the middle of this week.

In the meantime, here is some background on Susan Abulhawa, and several links to reviews that may be of interest.

Susan Abulhawa

Abulhawa is a human rights activist, a biologist, and political commentator. Mornings in Jenin, published in 2010, was her debut novel. She lives in Pennsylvania with her daughter and their beloved dogs. Here is a link to a November 2015 interview with her, published by New Internationalist Magazine in connection with The Blue Between.

https://newint.org/columns/finally/20...

Links to Selected Reviews

http://www.washingtonindependentrevie...

http://www.thenational.ae/arts-lifest...

http://mondoweiss.net/2015/09/storyte...

As always, there may be spoilers in these reviews, so avoid them if you are spoiler-averse. This thread is intended to be a place to share initial thoughts and reactions, and to be spoiler-free, so please mark any spoilers you include.. In the companion thread, the whole book will be discussed openly.


Tamara Agha-Jaffar | 316 comments I picked up the book from the library and will be ready to start in a day or two. I'm looking forward to it.


message 6: by PS (new) - rated it 1 star

PS I've just got a copy from the library! Looking forward to reading this! :)


Tamara Agha-Jaffar | 316 comments Has anyone else started reading this? I've almost finished it, but I don't want to comment on it in this thread.

Is there a spoiler thread for this book?


Jalilah | 753 comments Tamara wrote: "Has anyone else started reading this? I've almost finished it, but I don't want to comment on it in this thread.

Is there a spoiler thread for this book?"


I have to finish what I'm reading now, but I have not had much time. Hopefully I'll start this weekend.


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Carol (carolfromnc) | 207 comments Tamara wrote: "Has anyone else started reading this? I've almost finished it, but I don't want to comment on it in this thread.

Is there a spoiler thread for this book?"


There is:

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


message 10: by Carol (new)

Carol (carolfromnc) | 207 comments Tamara wrote: "Has anyone else started reading this? I've almost finished it, but I don't want to comment on it in this thread.

Is there a spoiler thread for this book?"


I've started, but only barely. I'm looking forward to getting midway through it tonight. I'm looking forward to hearing everyone's thoughts on it.


Jalilah | 753 comments Up to now I think it's very good.


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Carol (carolfromnc) | 207 comments If you've just started the book, what are your initial thoughts? When you're ready for the whole-book discussion or if spoilers don't interfere with your enjoyment, share your thoughts on the "whole book" thread.


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Carol (carolfromnc) | 207 comments I read this article published in LitHub, Where Does Palestine Begin, and thought members reading this novel might appreciate it.

http://lithub.com/where-does-israel-e...


message 14: by Tamara (last edited Jul 21, 2017 10:26AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Tamara Agha-Jaffar | 316 comments A great article. Very informative--especially in light of the clashes today. Thank you for sharing it.


Jalilah | 753 comments Yes, interesting! Carole, have you read Susan Abulhawa's Mornings in Jenin? You might like it more as it also has a few Jewish Israeli characters and tells their stories and points of view.


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Carol (carolfromnc) | 207 comments Lila wrote: "Yes, interesting! Carole, have you read Susan Abulhawa's Mornings in Jenin? You might like it more as it also has a few Jewish Israeli characters and tells their sto..."

I haven't. But I own it :)

I'll give it a shot.


ReemK10 (Paper Pills) | 492 comments I didn't care for Mornings in Jenin at all. I would recommend Rula Jebreal's Miral. Both women grew up in same orphanage. I preferred Jebreal's story more.


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Carol (carolfromnc) | 207 comments ReemK10 (Paper Pills) wrote: "I didn't care for Mornings in Jenin at all. I would recommend Rula Jebreal's Miral. Both women grew up in same orphanage. I preferred Jebreal's story more."

I'll add this to my TBR and try to find it. Why didn't you care for Mornings, Paper Pills? I'm curious.


ReemK10 (Paper Pills) | 492 comments Oh Carol, I read it such a long time ago. I hated that it started off with a rip off from Kanafani, then found it to be so predictable. Hated her dissing Hind ElHusseini in the book and then praising her when she died. I really did not care for it at all. Rula Jebreal I found to be a fascinating person and author. I did not see the film based on the novella and also hated Abulhawa dissing on Jebreal's film. On team Jebreal.


ReemK10 (Paper Pills) | 492 comments sorry on my phone so can't block spoilers but Abulhawa borrowed heavily from https://arabhyphen.wordpress.com/2013...


ReemK10 (Paper Pills) | 492 comments Carol, if I'm not mistaken,,it was this article that introduced me to Rula Jebreal and Miral. I was at the hair salon, and I thought wow who is this woman?!
http://www.vogue.com/article/rulas-view


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Carol (carolfromnc) | 207 comments ReemK10 (Paper Pills) wrote: "sorry on my phone so can't block spoilers but Abulhawa borrowed heavily from https://arabhyphen.wordpress.com/2013..."

Thanks for sharing these links. Very interesting and I appreciate the education.


ReemK10 (Paper Pills) | 492 comments my pleasure :)


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Niledaughter | 2750 comments Mod
Hello everyone , I wanted to share a link to our group discussion of Mornings in Jenin six years ago , in case anyone is interested :

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


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