Mornings in Jenin

Mornings in Jenin is 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.

Author: Susan Abulhawa

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408810816

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

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Palestine, 1948. A mother clutches her six-month-old son as Israeli soldiers march through the village of Ein Hod. In a split second, her son is snatched from her arms and the fate of the Abulheja family is changed forever. Forced into a refugee camp in Jenin and exiled from the ancient village that is their lifeblood, the family struggles to rebuild their world. Their stories unfold through the eyes of the youngest sibling, Amal, the daughter born in the camp who will eventually find herself alone in the United States; the eldest son who loses everything in the struggle for freedom; the stolen son who grows up as an Israeli, becoming an enemy soldier to his own brother. Mornings in Jenin is 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.

Against the Loveless World

2020 Palestine Book Awards Winner 2021 Aspen Words Literary Prize Finalist “Susan Abulhawa possesses the heart of a warrior; she looks into the darkest crevices of lives, conflicts, horrendous injustices, and dares to shine light that can ...

Author: Susan Abulhawa

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1982137061

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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From the internationally bestselling author of the “terrifically affecting” (The Philadelphia Inquirer) Mornings in Jenin, a sweeping and lyrical novel that follows a young Palestinian refugee as she slowly becomes radicalized while searching for a better life for her family throughout the Middle East, for readers of international literary bestsellers including Washington Black, My Sister, The Serial Killer, and Her Body and Other Parties. As Nahr sits, locked away in solitary confinement, she spends her days reflecting on the dramatic events that landed her in prison in a country she barely knows. Born in Kuwait in the 70s to Palestinian refugees, she dreamed of falling in love with the perfect man, raising children, and possibly opening her own beauty salon. Instead, the man she thinks she loves jilts her after a brief marriage, her family teeters on the brink of poverty, she’s forced to prostitute herself, and the US invasion of Iraq makes her a refugee, as her parents had been. After trekking through another temporary home in Jordan, she lands in Palestine, where she finally makes a home, falls in love, and her destiny unfolds under Israeli occupation. Nahr’s subversive humor and moral ambiguity will resonate with fans of My Sister, The Serial Killer, and her dark, contemporary struggle places her as the perfect sister to Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties. Written with Susan Abulhawa’s distinctive “richly detailed, beautiful, and resonant” (Publishers Weekly) prose, this powerful novel presents a searing, darkly funny, and wholly unique portrait of a Palestinian woman who refuses to be a victim.

Mornings 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.






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Palestine, 1941. In the small village of Ein Hod 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." "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 Pennsylvania in America. Amal's is a story of love and loss, of childhood, marriage and parenthood, and finally the need to share her history with her daughter, to preserve the greatest love she has.

The Blue Between Sky and Water

Told with raw humanity, The Blue Between Sky and Water is a lyrical, devastatingly beautiful story of a family's relocation, separation, survival and love.

Author: Susan Abulhawa

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408865130

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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It is 1947, and Beit Daras, a rural Palestinian village, is home to the Baraka family – oldest daughter Nazmiyeh, brother Mamdouh, beautiful, dreamy Mariam and their widowed mother. When Israeli forces descend, sending the village up in flames, the family must take the long road to Gaza, in a walk that will test them to their limits. Sixty years later, in America, Mamdouh's granddaughter Nur falls in love with a doctor. Following him to his work in Gaza, she meets Alwan, who will help Nur discover the ties of kinship that transcend distance – and even death. Told with raw humanity, The Blue Between Sky and Water is a lyrical, devastatingly beautiful story of a family's relocation, separation, survival and love.

Against the Loveless World

Nahr has been confined to the Cube: nine square metres of glossy grey cinderblock, devoid of time, its patterns of light and dark nothing to do with day and night.

Author: Susan Abulhawa

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1526618788

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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Nahr has been confined to the Cube: nine square metres of glossy grey cinderblock, devoid of time, its patterns of light and dark nothing to do with day and night. Journalists visit her, but get nowhere; because Nahr is not going to share her story with them. The world outside calls Nahr a terrorist, and a whore; some might call her a revolutionary, or a hero. But the truth is, Nahr has always been many things, and had many names. She was named for the river her pregnant mother crossed when she fled from Palestine, but her feckless father called her Yaqoot, Ruby. For a time when she came of age she was Almas, Diamond, a girl who went to hidden parties in Kuwait with powerful men, who sold off parts of herself to keep her family together. She was a girl who learned, early and painfully, that when you are a second class citizen love is a kind of desperation; she learned, above all else, to survive. She was a girl who went to Palestine in the wrong shoes, and without looking for it found what she had always lacked in the basement of a battered beauty parlour: purpose, politics, friends. She found a dark-eyed man called Bilal, who taught her to resist; who tried to save her when it was already too late. Nahr sits in the Cube, and tells her story to Bilal. Bilal, who isn't there; Bilal, who may not even be alive, but who is her only reason to get out.

My Voice Sought the Wind

This new work followed her highly acclaimed novel, Mornings in Jenin, which has been translated into 32 languages since it was published in 2010.

Author: Susan Abulhawa


ISBN: 9781935982326

Category: Poetry

Page: 126

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"I wrote poetry before I wrote anything else,” says Susan Abulhawa, esteemed Palestinian-American author and social activist, in the introduction to her first book of poems, My Voice Sought the Wind. This new work followed her highly acclaimed novel, Mornings in Jenin, which has been translated into 32 languages since it was published in 2010. My Voice Sought the Wind represents five years of Abulhawa's best poems on the timeless themes of love, loss, identity, and family, brought to life through her vivid observations and intimate personal reflections. She writes from her own experience, with a style that is romantic, but tinged with disillusionment, often a bit sad and always introspective.

Susan Abulhawa s Mornings in Jenin Naomi Nyes s Habibi and Shaw Dallal s Scattered Like Seeds

In the thesis, I'm primarily concerned with critically discussing and tackling specific topics related to the larger fabric of Arab American literature.

Author: Yassir Sabri Al Suod



Category: American literature

Page: 172

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In the thesis, I'm primarily concerned with critically discussing and tackling specific topics related to the larger fabric of Arab American literature. Contemporary Arab American writers are relentlessly trying to convey a new message to the West and the East that life is changing rapidly, and the radical thoughts about the relationship between the West and the East call for reexamination.

Breaking Broken English

In this chapter, I argue that Susan Abulhawa's Mornings in Jenin uses language represented as “broken English” as a technique that is breaking language, ...

Author: Michelle Hartman

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 0815654669

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 303

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Black-Arab political and cultural solidarity has had a long and rich history in the United States. That alliance is once again exerting a powerful influence on American society as Black American and Arab American activists and cultural workers are joining forces in formations like the Movement for Black Lives and Black for Palestine to address social justice issues. In Breaking Broken English, Hartman explores the historical and current manifestations of this relationship through language and literature, with a specific focus on Arab American literary works that use the English language creatively to put into practice many of the theories and ideas advanced by Black American thinkers. Breaking Broken English shows how language is the location where literary and poetic beauty meet the political in creative work. Hartman draws out thematic connections between Arabs/Arab Americans and Black Americans around politics and culture and also highlights the many artistic ways these links are built. She shows how political and cultural ideas of solidarity are written in creative texts and emphasizes their potential to mobilize social justice activists in the United States and abroad in the ongoing struggle for the liberation of Palestine.

Post Millennial Palestine

... Mornings in Jenin (2006) and The Blue Between Sky and Water (2015), sprawl across time, from before the Nakba to the twenty-first century.1 Each novel ...

Author: Rachel Gregory Fox

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 1800348274

Category: History

Page: 208

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Post-Millennial Palestine: Literature, Memory, Resistance confronts how Palestinians have recently felt obliged to re-think memory and resistance in response to dynamic political and regional changes in the twenty-first century; prolonged spatial and temporal dispossession; and the continued deterioration of the peace process. Insofar as the articulation of memory in (post)colonial contexts can be viewed as an integral component of a continuing anti-colonial struggle for self-determination, in tracing the dynamics of conveying the memory of ongoing, chronic trauma, this collection negotiates the urgency for Palestinians to reclaim and retain their heritage in a continually unstable and fretful present. The collection offers a distinctive contribution to the field of existing scholarship on Palestine, charting new ways of thinking about the critical paradigms of memory and resistance as they are produced and represented in literary works published within the post-millennial period. Reflecting on the potential for the Palestinian narrative to recreate reality in ways that both document it and resist its brutality, the critical essays in this collection show how Palestinian writers in the twenty-first century critically and creatively consider the possible future(s) of their nation.

Community Boundaries and Border Crossings

Similarly, Abulhawa's novels, Mornings in Jenin and The Blue between Sky and Water, are each set in refugee camps and focus on women's epic stories of ...

Author: Kristen Lillvis

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 1498539491

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 246

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Through the overarching interconnected themes of community boundaries and border crossings, this collection explores issues of diaspora, trans-nationality, cultural hybridity, home, and identity that are central to ethnic women writers.

Research Methodology for Master Students of Literature

Title: Predicament in a Postcolonial Approach: The Case of Susan Abulhawa's Mornings in Jenin The essay considers the idea of the usable past as addressed ...

Author: Fouad Mami

Publisher: Universal-Publishers

ISBN: 1627347305

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 172

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This text presupposes that in many cases plagiarism results from poor training and a confused perception of what is involved in research. The textbook is addressed to non-native English-speaking students and their instructors, principally those seeking degrees in literature. Through a close examination of what initially seems to be the self-evident 'facts' of research--those presumed simple steps in the multilayered research process that are usually glossed over in research methodolgy courses--students will become less confused about what the research practically involves and more empowered to work on their first serious research project with confidence and clarity.

Recontextualizing Resistance


Author: Loubna Youssef

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1527507378

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 371

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Resistance is a concept that rose to the forefront of several areas of study when Max Weber made careful distinctions between authority, force, violence, domination, and legitimation. It gained strong attention when the well-known Palestinian journalist, activist, fiction writer and critic Ghassan Kanafani (1936–1972) published a study entitled the Literature of Resistance in Occupied Palestine: 1948–1966, a work that contributed to postcolonial theories of power, race, ethnicity and gender, and second generation theories of orientalism, feminism, and disability. Initially identified by philosophers, historians, and social critics as a focal point for situations in which oppressors brutally destroy the identity or subjectivity of the oppressed, resistance has been transformed by fiction writers, filmmakers, lyricists and speechmakers into a process in which responses and counter-responses to some type of injustice create difficult situations with complicated nuances. These works now form the foundation for what has come to be recognized as “resistance art.” This book gathers the insight, knowledge, and wisdom found in different manifestations of this art to further our understanding of the impact of resistance on contemporary life.

Other Globes

Mornings in Jenin, Susan Abulhawa's novel, like Braschi's written in English, begins in trauma, in this case by recalling the confrontation between the IDF ...

Author: Simon Ferdinand

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3030149803

Category: Social Science

Page: 300

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This volume challenges dominant imaginations of globalization by highlighting alternative visions of the globe, world, earth, or planet that abound in cultural, social, and political practice. In the contemporary context of intensive globalization, ruthless geopolitics, and unabated environmental exploitation, these “other globes” offer paths for thinking anew the relations between people, polities, and the planet. Derived from disparate historical and cultural contexts, which include the Holy Roman Empire; late medieval Brabant; the (post)colonial Philippines; early twentieth-century Britain; contemporary Puerto Rico; occupied Palestine; postcolonial Africa and Chile; and present-day California, the past and peripheral globes analyzed in this volume reveal the variety of ways in which the global has been—and might be—imagined. As such, the fourteen contributions underline that there is no neutral, natural, or universal way of inhabiting the global.

Quiet Resistance

After reading Susan Abulhawa's book Mornings in Jenin I have a rather romanticised view of the place but I am prepared to be disappointed as the reality is ...

Author: Alice Merrill

Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1788036808

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 312

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“Reluctantly we have to leave.We promise to take their story back to our various countries, feeling inspired to support these courageous people in their fight for existence.” Quiet Resistance is the true story of Alice Merrill’s time of living in a Palestinian refugee camp and travelling around in the occupied territories. It is also the story of Echlas, a severely disabled woman who shows tremendous strength and courage in her determination to maintain an independent and full life despite the continued restrictions placed on the lives of all Palestinians by the occupation. As we follow Alice on her travels, we meet the farmers, Beduoin, artisans, shopkeepers, hopeful university students as well as activists, ex political prisoners and the many other people who have dedicated their lives to making a better future for thousands of Palestinian children. Interspersed throughout Alice’s memoir and the stories of everyday life are serious political facts that explain some of the problems that Palestinians face, with a tour of different parts of the West Bank highlighting issues of water restrictions and high unemployment rates. Quiet Resistance demonstrates how no two days are the same and how in the refugee camps, life is lived by the minute, rarely planned and full of surprises. Though the brutality and incredulity of the living situation is both shocking and saddening, the reader also finds time to smile at the ridiculous and laugh with joy alongside Alice. Inspired by Alice’s own experiences, Quiet Resistance will be enjoyed by fans of memoirs and those particularly interested in Palestinian life. It will also appeal to those looking for an interesting and emotional read.

Modern Arab American Fiction

The Scar of David Susan Abulhawa's novel The Scar of David, subsequently updated as Mornings in Jenin, does not much resemble Towelhead ...

Author: Steven Salaita

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 081565104X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 154

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Exploring the works of such best-selling authors as Rabih Alameddine, Mohja Kahf, Laila Halaby, Diana Abu-Jaber, Alicia Erian, and Randa Jarrar, Salaita highlights the development of each author’s writing and how each has influenced Arab American fiction. He examines common themes including the Israel-Palestine conflict, the Lebanese Civil War of 1975–90, the representation and practice of Islam in the United States, social issues such as gender and national identity in Arab cultures, and the various identities that come with being Arab American. Combining the accessibility of a primer with in-depth critical analysis, Modern Arab American Fiction is suitable for a broad audience, those unfamiliar with the subject area, as well as scholars of the literature.

Spiritual Homelands

Like in Abulhawa's Mornings in Jenin, the other contemporary Palestinian space is the refugee camp where Huda, like Siham belonging to the maternal ...

Author: Asher D. Biemann

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 3110637561

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 316

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Homeland, Exile, Imagined Homelands are features of the modern experience and relate to the cultural and historical dilemmas of loss, nostalgia, utopia, travel, longing, and are central for Jews and others. This book is an exploration into a world of boundary crossings and of desired places and alternate identities, into a world of adopted kin and invented allegiances.

Transnational Feminist Perspectives on Terror in Literature and Culture

striking parallel to the herding out of Palestinians from their villages in 1948 at gunpoint in Susan Abulhawa's Mornings in Jenin.

Author: Basuli Deb

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317632117

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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This book offers a transnational feminist response to the gender politics of torture and terror from the viewpoint of populations of color who have come to be associated with acts of terror. Using the War on Terror in Afghanistan and Iraq, this book revisits other such racialized wars in Palestine, Guatemala, India, Algeria, and South Africa. It draws widely on postcolonial literature, photography, films, music, interdisciplinary arts, media/new media, and activism, joining the larger conversation about human rights by addressing the problem of a pervasive public misunderstanding of terrorism conditioned by a foreign and domestic policy perspective. Deb provides an alternative understanding of terrorism as revolutionary dissent against injustice through a postcolonial/transnational lens. The volume brings counter-terror narratives into dialogue with ideologies of gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, class, and religion, addressing the situation of women as both perpetrators and targets of torture, and the possibilities of a dialogue between feminist and queer politics to confront securitized regimes of torture. This book explores the relationship in which social and cultural texts stand with respect to legacies of colonialism and neo-imperialism in a world of transnational feminist solidarities against postcolonial wars on terror.

Politics and Palestinian Literature in Exile

Abulhawa, Susan, Mornings in Jenin (London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2011). Adorno, Theodor, Walter Benjamin, Ernst Bloch, Bertolt Brecht and Georg Lukacs, ...

Author: Joseph Farag

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1786721805

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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Despite, or even because of their tumultuous history, Palestinians are renowned for being prolific cultural producers, creating many of the Arab world's most iconic works of literature. In particular, the Palestinian short story stands out for its unique interplay between literary texts and the political and historical contexts from which they emerge. Palestinian Literature in Exile is the first English language study to explore this unique genre. Joseph Farag employs an interdisciplinary approach to examine the political function of literary texts and the manner in which cultural production responds to crucial moments in Palestinian history. Drawing from the works of Samira Azzam, Ghassan Kanafani and Ibrahim Nasrallah, Farag traces developments in the short story as they relate to the pivotal events of what the Palestinians call the Nakba ('catastrophe'), Naksa ('defeat') and First Intifada ('uprising'). In analysing several as yet un-translated works, Farag makes an original contribution to the subject of exilic identity and subjectivity in Palestinian literature. This book offers the opportunity to engage with literary works as well to learn from a literary account of history.It is a subject of interest for students and scholars of both Arabic literature and Middle East studies.

Postcolonial Traumas

Susan Abulhawa, Mornings in Jenin (London: Bloomsbury, 2010), 35. Abulhawa is credited as a supporter of Though I Know the River is Dry.

Author: Abigail Ward

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137526432

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 235

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This collection of essays explores some new possibilities for understanding postcolonial traumas. It examines representations of both personal and collective traumas around the globe from Palestinian, Caribbean, African American, South African, Maltese, Algerian, Indian, Australian and British writers, directors and artists.