The haunting yet beautiful story of a family of four brothers and their widowed mother living in a tiny house in the Kalandia Refugee Camp near Jerusalem as they face the struggle and hope of their daily lives. Gripping, well-written, and engaging, Born a Refugee is a powerful look at Palestinian life.
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs
From the first sentence I was "hooked" on this book. Through the lives of the characters is told a story of love, endurance, patience, family, fear, pain and injustice. It's a compelling story of family life that just happens to take place in a refugee camp. A must read for book clubs.
I was moved to tears several times and could not put the book down. The story and the characters are compelling. But most important it has given me an understanding of what people on a personal, rather than political level, have to endure. I recommend it without reservation.
Born a Refugee is a fast moving story which captivates interest from start to finish. This is an important book which has the potential to change the perspectives of many Americans about Palestinian refugees. Born a Refugee connects us with its characters; we feel their pain, celebrate their triumphs, and expand our perception of what it means to walk in their shoes. Readers will not emerge unchanged.
A Novel of One Palestinian Family
The Kalandia Series
This is a deep, rich, poignant and profoundly humanistic book. It is also one of the best "political" books I have ever read.
Richard Bunning, Awesome Indies Reviewer