The Back of the Book: Palestine, 1948. The Abulheja family are forcibly removed from their ancestral home in Ein Hod ad sent to live in a refugee camp in Jenin. Through Amal, the bright granddaughter of the patriarch, we witness the stories of her brothers: one, a stolen boy who becomes an Israeli soldier; the other who is sacrificing everything for the Palestinian cause will become his enemy. Amal’s own dramatic story threads its way through six decades of Israeli-Palestinian tension: it is one of love and loss, of childhood, marriage and parenthood, and finally the need to share history with her daughter, to preserve the greatest love she has. Richly told and full of humanity, this is an extraordinary debut.
Susan Abulhawa – Mornings in Jenin – 2010/TBR