That is true of the happy times before the war: “The big house was still a place of happy memories: of intense smells of simmering meat and aromatic spices; of laughter and endless games with the cousins in the courtyard surrounded by fragrant jasmine flowers.” And it is true of the unhappy times that follow: “She struggled to overcome the despair and grief that would at times engulf her spirit … she couldn’t find the words to express the horror of the deaths and suffering she had witnessed.”, If we could hear Zamel’s own voice, this horror would surely have a much greater force. Still, this is a refugee story that is heartbreaking at times, and is indeed a wake up call to the people of the world who aren't paying attention to this massive, horrendous issue. At other times these asides shade into the kind of rhetoric that few would disagree with, but whose simplicity is perhaps more suited to social media than a book: “No person fleeing conflict or persecution should have to die trying to reach safety.”. by Flatiron Books, A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival. That is the word that still echoes in my head a half hour after reading her story. How and can you share any examples? I wish this had been told by Doaa herself rather in third person - it feels a little disingenuous to have such a narrative told through the filter of a Western author - but the essence of what Doaa has suffered (and now triumphed over) really comes through this book. Jan 2017 As peaceful protesters are shot on the streets and tanks roll into her city, eventually she and her family decide to leave their homeland. But this nonfiction piece hit home. BookBrowse seeks out and recommends the best in contemporary fiction and nonfiction—books that not only engage and entertain but also deepen our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. Today, Thanksgiving in the USA, I do realize how much I have for which to be thankful. Does anyone have discussion questions we can refer to? I have read fiction pieces about the struggles of leaving warring countries, of being refugees. People desperately need to be able to see refugees as people with tragic and difficult stories, as people who need our help. If you give them a little bit - and that's all their asking, not just shelter and food, but the dignity of being able to restart their lives - and you have a very powerful group of people who are interested in peace, they're interested in going back and rebuilding their country and contributing to where they are. January 24th 2017 288 pages I was a Goodread winner for this book.

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