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Mornings in Jenin is a moving and fascinating novel based on the traumatic and c…

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Mornings in Jenin is a moving and fascinating novel based on the traumatic and crippling relationship between Israel and Palestine. I have felt particularly moved reading this in Israel, leaving me eager to discover the rest of the, so terrifyingly recent, history surrounding these two lands.
Abulhawa has created a family who’s characters are rich, compelling and exhilarating within a historical backdrop that begins in 1948 and the creation of Israel. The family are Palestinian, forced out of their homeland into refugee camps where they remain for the rest of their lives. The story follows the multi-generational family beginning with the savage and brutal kidnapping of one of the children who is then brought up an Israeli Jew thus at odds with his Palestinian family. The focus is mainly on Amal, the snatched boy’s younger sister who sees and experiences so much trauma and heart break, it is unfathomable that, although Amal’s story is fiction, so many people like her experienced such things.
This novel is complex in its message and intent, showing the side of the conflict we so rarely hear or is so often tarnished by single events. The fact that this conflict is still going on is so supremely sad and unthinkable once you’ve read a book like this. Thought-provoking, gripping and deeply emotional Mornings in Jenin is a must read and my favourite book of 2019. ❤️📚

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