We will discuss Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa at our 2nd book club meeting! Our leader for this discussion is Mujahed Kamil who is also from Jenine, a Palestinian city in the northern West Bank.
This book is now 20% off at both Octopus locations (116 Third Ave. & 251 Bank St. 2nd Floor) until April 1st!
“Mornings in Jenin is the first English language novel to express fully the human dimension of the Palestinian tragedy.” -THE SUNDAY TIMES
“One of the most thought provoking books I’ve read…Written with passion and honesty, and poetry.” -THE DAILY MAIL
“Mornings in Jenin is a terrifically affecting novel, thanks to Abulhawa’s elegance as a writer. It’s a novel to savor.” -THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
This book has been translated into 26 languages.
Wednesday, April 1 2015
251 Bank St. 2nd Floor
Please feel free to bring your supper! We will supply coffee & tea!
Palestine 1941. In the small village of Ein Had a father leads a procession of his family and workers through the olive groves. As they move through the trees the green fruits drop onto the orchard floor; the ancient cycle of the seasons providing another bountiful harvest.
Palestine 1948. The Abulheja family are forcibly removed from their ancestral home in Ein Hod and 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, as 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 it’s way through six decades of Palistine-Israeli tension, eventually taking her into exile in Pennsylvania in America. Amal’s is a story of love and loss, of childhood, marriage, parenthood, and finally the need to share her history with her daughter, to preserve the greatest love she has. Richly told and full of humanity, Mornings in Jenin forces us to take a fresh look of one of the defining political conflicts of our time. It is an extraordinary debut.