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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, a stolen boy who becomes an Israeli soldier; the other who, in sacrificing everything for the Palestinian cause, will become his enemy. Amal's own dramatic story threads its way through six decades of Palestinian-Israeli tension, eventually taking her into exile in Pensylvania.

In the first commercial literary work ever to inhabit a Palestinian voice, Susan Abulhawa's is a story of love and loss, of childhood, marriage and parenthood. Richly told and and full of humanity, Mornings in Jenin forces us to take a fresh look at one of the defining political conflicts of our lifetime.

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"In these lean times for the book industry, a second chance for a work of literary fiction is beyond fantastical--akin to seeing the Mona Lisa twitch. To resort to a quaint phrase from publishing days of yore, someone at Bloomsbury obviously believed in this book, and, politics aside for a moment, it's easy to see why. Abulhawa is a passionate writer whose limber, poetic style transports a reader deep inside the war-torn world she chronicles.... Melodramatic? Certainly. Polemical? Absolutely. But, "Mornings in Jenin" is also a terrifically affecting novel, thanks to Abulhawa's elegance as a writer. It's a novel to savor."--Maureen Corrigan, "The Philadelphia Inquirer"

"Abulhawa has created a compassionate, ground-level view of a Palestinian family caught in the heart-wrenching realities of life in the Middle East."--Dianna Marder, " The Philadelphia Inquirer"

"In the acknowledgments to her novel "Mornings in Jenin" (Bloomsbury, February), Susan Abulhawa recalls being inspired by Edward Said's lament "that the Palestinian narrative was lacking in literature." Published as "Scars of David" in 2006, Abulhawa's newly re-edited novel fills that gap, chronicling the development of the Jewish state and its consequences for local Arabs from a decidedly Palestinian perspective."--"Tablet: A New Read on Jewish Life"

"In this richly detailed, beautiful and resonant novel examining the Palestinian and Jewish conflicts from the mid-20th century to 2002 ... Abulhawa gives the terrible conflict a human face ... [and] makes a great effort to empathize with all sides and tells an affecting and important story that succeeds as both literature and social commentary."""--"Publishers Weekly "(starred review)

"Audacious, no-holds-barred account of a Palestinian family's suffering during 60 years of Israeli occupation ... A potent debut."--"Kirkus Reviews"

"Abulhawa's debut novel is a powerful portrayal of what might be labeled the "other side" of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the viewpoint of Palestinian refugees uprooted in 1948.... An intimate look at the refugee existence by a daughter of refugees."--"Booklist"

""Mornings in Jenin" is a powerful and passionate insight into what many Palestinians have had to endure since the state of Israel was created. Susan Abulhawa guides us through traumatic events with anger and great tenderness too, creating unforgettable images of a world in which humanity and inhumanity, selflessness and selfishness, love and hate grow so close to each other."--Michael Palin

""Mornings in Jenin "is a powerful and sensitive narrative that encapsulates the Palestinian experience with searing honesty and moving compassion. Susan Abulhawa displays linguistic and imaginative skills that single her out as a literary figure with tremendous promise... In both its specific Palestinian content and its larger human dimension, this novel is at once a challenge to complacency and ignorance as well as an affirmation of all that is enduring and valuable in the undefeated human spirit."--Hanan Ashrawi, founder and Secretary General of the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy (MIFTAH), and author of "This Side of Peace: A Personal Account"

"A powerful and heartbreaking book."--Esther Freud

"The voice of Susan Abulhawa is honest, every word is heartfelt, the aim to honour history and acknowledge its facts. This book is a 'tour' waiting to take with it all kinds of readers: the already converted, the uninformed, and especially those who are fortunate enough to live secure lives."--Hanan al-Shaykh

"I finished Susan Abulhawa's novel last night. As I came to the end I could hardly bear to read it. But I did and I loved it ... what she's done is that great Jane Eyre thing: here is my life, here is a life, from the very beginning to its very end; here is her family and her heart, her people and her land. You travel with her on every page."--Carmen Callil

"I love "Mornings in Jenin .".. It really is a great work--the epic novel the Palestinian tragedy has been waiting for."-- Robin Yassin-Kassab



In these lean times for the book industry, a second chance for a work of literary fiction is beyond fantastical--akin to seeing the Mona Lisa twitch. To resort to a quaint phrase from publishing days of yore, someone at Bloomsbury obviously believed in this book, and, politics aside for a moment, it's easy to see why. Abulhawa is a passionate writer whose limber, poetic style transports a reader deep inside the war-torn world she chronicles . Melodramatic? Certainly. Polemical? Absolutely. But, "Mornings in Jenin" is also a terrifically affecting novel, thanks to Abulhawa's elegance as a writer. It's a novel to savor. "Maureen Corrigan, The Philadelphia Inquirer"

Abulhawa has created a compassionate, ground-level view of a Palestinian family caught in the heart-wrenching realities of life in the Middle East. "Dianna Marder, The Philadelphia Inquirer"

In the acknowledgments to her novel "Mornings in Jenin" (Bloomsbury, February), Susan Abulhawa recalls being inspired by Edward Said's lament "that the Palestinian narrative was lacking in literature." Published as "Scars of David" in 2006, Abulhawa's newly re-edited novel fills that gap, chronicling the development of the Jewish state and its consequences for local Arabs from a decidedly Palestinian perspective. "Tablet: A New Read on Jewish Life"

In this richly detailed, beautiful and resonant novel examining the Palestinian and Jewish conflicts from the mid-20th century to 2002 Abulhawa gives the terrible conflict a human face [and] makes a great effort to empathize with all sides and tells an affecting and important story that succeeds as both literature and social commentary. "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"

Audacious, no-holds-barred account of a Palestinian family's suffering during 60 years of Israeli occupation A potent debut. "Kirkus Reviews"

Abulhawa's debut novel is a powerful portrayal of what might be labeled the "other side" of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the viewpoint of Palestinian refugees uprooted in 1948 . An intimate look at the refugee existence by a daughter of refugees. "Booklist"

"Mornings in Jenin" is a powerful and passionate insight into what many Palestinians have had to endure since the state of Israel was created. Susan Abulhawa guides us through traumatic events with anger and great tenderness too, creating unforgettable images of a world in which humanity and inhumanity, selflessness and selfishness, love and hate grow so close to each other. "Michael Palin"

"Mornings in Jenin "is a powerful and sensitive narrative that encapsulates the Palestinian experience with searing honesty and moving compassion. Susan Abulhawa displays linguistic and imaginative skills that single her out as a literary figure with tremendous promise In both its specific Palestinian content and its larger human dimension, this novel is at once a challenge to complacency and ignorance as well as an affirmation of all that is enduring and valuable in the undefeated human spirit. "Hanan Ashrawi, founder and Secretary General of the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy (MIFTAH), and author of This Side of Peace: A Personal Account"

A powerful and heartbreaking book. "Esther Freud"

The voice of Susan Abulhawa is honest, every word is heartfelt, the aim to honour history and acknowledge its facts. This book is a tour' waiting to take with it all kinds of readers: the already converted, the uninformed, and especially those who are fortunate enough to live secure lives. "Hanan al-Shaykh"

I finished Susan Abulhawa's novel last night. As I came to the end I could hardly bear to read it. But I did and I loved it ... what she's done is that great Jane Eyre thing: here is my life, here is a life, from the very beginning to its very end; here is her family and her heart, her people and her land. You travel with her on every page. "Carmen Callil"

I love "Mornings in Jenin " It really is a great work--the epic novel the Palestinian tragedy has been waiting for. "Robin Yassin-Kassab""

In these lean times for the book industry, a second chance for a work of literary fiction is beyond fantastical--akin to seeing the Mona Lisa twitch. To resort to a quaint phrase from publishing days of yore, someone at Bloomsbury obviously believed in this book, and, politics aside for a moment, it's easy to see why. Abulhawa is a passionate writer whose limber, poetic style transports a reader deep inside the war-torn world she chronicles . Melodramatic? Certainly. Polemical? Absolutely. But, Mornings in Jenin is also a terrifically affecting novel, thanks to Abulhawa's elegance as a writer. It's a novel to savor. Maureen Corrigan, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Abulhawa has created a compassionate, ground-level view of a Palestinian family caught in the heart-wrenching realities of life in the Middle East. Dianna Marder, The Philadelphia Inquirer

In the acknowledgments to her novel Mornings in Jenin (Bloomsbury, February), Susan Abulhawa recalls being inspired by Edward Said's lament "that the Palestinian narrative was lacking in literature." Published as Scars of David in 2006, Abulhawa's newly re-edited novel fills that gap, chronicling the development of the Jewish state and its consequences for local Arabs from a decidedly Palestinian perspective. Tablet: A New Read on Jewish Life

In this richly detailed, beautiful and resonant novel examining the Palestinian and Jewish conflicts from the mid-20th century to 2002 Abulhawa gives the terrible conflict a human face [and] makes a great effort to empathize with all sides and tells an affecting and important story that succeeds as both literature and social commentary. Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Audacious, no-holds-barred account of a Palestinian family's suffering during 60 years of Israeli occupation A potent debut. Kirkus Reviews

Abulhawa's debut novel is a powerful portrayal of what might be labeled the "other side" of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the viewpoint of Palestinian refugees uprooted in 1948 . An intimate look at the refugee existence by a daughter of refugees. Booklist

Mornings in Jenin is a powerful and passionate insight into what many Palestinians have had to endure since the state of Israel was created. Susan Abulhawa guides us through traumatic events with anger and great tenderness too, creating unforgettable images of a world in which humanity and inhumanity, selflessness and selfishness, love and hate grow so close to each other. Michael Palin

Mornings in Jenin is a powerful and sensitive narrative that encapsulates the Palestinian experience with searing honesty and moving compassion. Susan Abulhawa displays linguistic and imaginative skills that single her out as a literary figure with tremendous promise In both its specific Palestinian content and its larger human dimension, this novel is at once a challenge to complacency and ignorance as well as an affirmation of all that is enduring and valuable in the undefeated human spirit. Hanan Ashrawi, founder and Secretary General of the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy (MIFTAH), and author of This Side of Peace: A Personal Account

A powerful and heartbreaking book. Esther Freud

The voice of Susan Abulhawa is honest, every word is heartfelt, the aim to honour history and acknowledge its facts. This book is a tour' waiting to take with it all kinds of readers: the already converted, the uninformed, and especially those who are fortunate enough to live secure lives. Hanan al-Shaykh

I finished Susan Abulhawa's novel last night. As I came to the end I could hardly bear to read it. But I did and I loved it ... what she's done is that great Jane Eyre thing: here is my life, here is a life, from the very beginning to its very end; here is her family and her heart, her people and her land. You travel with her on every page. Carmen Callil

I love Mornings in Jenin It really is a great work--the epic novel the Palestinian tragedy has been waiting for. Robin Yassin-Kassab

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"In these lean times for the book industry, a second chance for a work of literary fiction is beyond fantastical--akin to seeing the Mona Lisa twitch. To resort to a quaint phrase from publishing days of yore, someone at Bloomsbury obviously believed in this book, and, politics aside for a moment, it's easy to see why. Abulhawa is a passionate writer whose limber, poetic style transports a reader deep inside the war-torn world she chronicles.... Melodramatic? Certainly. Polemical? Absolutely. But, Mornings in Jenin is also a terrifically affecting novel, thanks to Abulhawa's elegance as a writer. It's a novel to savor." --Maureen Corrigan, The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Abulhawa has created a compassionate, ground-level view of a Palestinian family caught in the heart-wrenching realities of life in the Middle East." --Dianna Marder, The Philadelphia Inquirer

"In the acknowledgments to her novel Mornings in Jenin (Bloomsbury, February), Susan Abulhawa recalls being inspired by Edward Said's lament "that the Palestinian narrative was lacking in literature." Published as Scars of David in 2006, Abulhawa's newly re-edited novel fills that gap, chronicling the development of the Jewish state and its consequences for local Arabs from a decidedly Palestinian perspective." --Tablet: A New Read on Jewish Life

"In this richly detailed, beautiful and resonant novel examining the Palestinian and Jewish conflicts from the mid-20th century to 2002 ... Abulhawa gives the terrible conflict a human face ... [and] makes a great effort to empathize with all sides and tells an affecting and important story that succeeds as both literature and social commentary." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Audacious, no-holds-barred account of a Palestinian family's suffering during 60 years of Israeli occupation ... A potent debut." --Kirkus Reviews

"Abulhawa's debut novel is a powerful portrayal of what might be labeled the "other side" of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the viewpoint of Palestinian refugees uprooted in 1948.... An intimate look at the refugee existence by a daughter of refugees." --Booklist

"Mornings in Jenin is a powerful and passionate insight into what many Palestinians have had to endure since the state of Israel was created. Susan Abulhawa guides us through traumatic events with anger and great tenderness too, creating unforgettable images of a world in which humanity and inhumanity, selflessness and selfishness, love and hate grow so close to each other." --Michael Palin

"Mornings in Jenin is a powerful and sensitive narrative that encapsulates the Palestinian experience with searing honesty and moving compassion. Susan Abulhawa displays linguistic and imaginative skills that single her out as a literary figure with tremendous promise... In both its specific Palestinian content and its larger human dimensio...

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A devastating novel of love and loss, war and oppression, and heartbreak and hope, spanning five countries and four generations of one of the most intractable conflicts of our lifetime.

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