Amy MazzarielloSee All Reviews
Mornings in Jenin
A heart-wrenching, powerfully written novel that could do for Palestine what The Kite Runner did for Afghanistan.
Forcibly removed from the ancient village of Ein Hod by the newly formed state of Israel in 1948, the Abulhejas are moved into the Jenin refugee camp. There, exiled from his beloved olive groves, the family patriarch languishes of a broken heart, his eldest son fathers a family and falls victim to an Israeli bullet, and his grandchildren struggle against tragedy toward freedom, peace, and home. This is the Palestinian story, told as never before, through four generations of a single family.Review:
Mornings in Jenin is a breathtaking work of historical fiction based on the Israeli Palenstinian conflict. Abulhawa paints a real life picture of the repeated devistation of a land and its people. Told through four generations of a people, this book spans over 5 decades and covers numerous historically accurate battles and massacres. Abulhawa's voice is often times poetic in her attempt to capture the innermost thoughts and feelings of her characters, as well as the humble beauty of a land drenched in blood and destruction. The most striking characteristics for me was the continued focus on survival fueled with love for family and graciousness to friends and neighbors. Mornings in Jenin is a beautiful book. I highly recommend it for a greater human understanding of a highly complex conflict. Abulhawa references many books she used to accurately construct the historical events portrayed, which are provided for further reading. A Reading Group Guide is included, as well.