Mornings in Jenin
by Author Name Susan Abulhawa
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- List Price: €9.99
- Format: Paperback, 198 x 129 x 21mm, 352pp
- Publication date: 07 Feb 2011
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- ISBN-13: 9781408809488
As a child, Amal would sit in her father’s lap and watch the sunrise – precious time in an otherwise wretched existence. Forcibly removed from their olive farm in Ein Hod in 1948, her Palestinian family are sent to a refugee camp in Jenin. Through Amal’s eyes, we see how the family suffers the loss of a child who is stolen and brought up to become an Israeli soldier. A second brother is prepared to sacrifice his life to reclaim his homeland. Amal’s dramatic story is a journey through six decades of conflict that ultimately leads to her exile in America. This is undoubtedly the best novel to come out of the experience of a Palestinian refugee camp. If you were moved by The Kite Runner, then Mornings in Jenin will similarly stay with you long after you’ve finished the last page.
Aileen Smyth, Dubray Books Rathmines
Mornings in Jenin is a multi-generational story about a Palestinian family. Forcibly removed from the olive-farming village of Ein Hod by the newly formed state of Israel in 1948, the Abulhejos are displaced to live in canvas tents in the Jenin refugee camp. We follow the Abulhejo family as they live through a half century of violent history. Amidst the loss and fear, hatred and pain, as their tents are replaced by more forebodingly permanent cinderblock huts, there is always the waiting, waiting to return to a lost home. The novel's voice is that of Amal, the granddaughter of the old village patriarch, a bright, sensitive girl who makes it out of the camps, only to return years later, to marry and bear a child. Through her eyes, with her evolving vision, we get the story of her brothers, one who is kidnapped to be raised Jewish, one who will end with bombs strapped to his middle. But of the many interwoven stories, stretching backward and forward in time, none is more important than Amal's own. Her story is one of love and loss, of childhood and marriage and parenthood, and finally the need to share her history with her daughter, to preserve the greatest love she has.Set against one of the twentieth century's most intractable political conflicts, Mornings in Jenin is a deeply human novel - a novel of history, identity, friendship, love, terrorism, surrender, courage, and hope. Its power forces us to take a fresh look at one of the defining conflicts of our lifetimes.
'One of the most thought-provoking books I've read ... written with passion and honesty, and poetry' Daily Mail 'Abulhawa's writing shines ... Friendship, adolescence, love: ordinary events, offset against extraordinary circumstances, make the story live' Independent 'The writer's pain - and the beauty of her prose - are very real' Daily Telegraph 'Powerful and moving' Stylist