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The Locust and the Bird
The Locust and the Bird: My Mother's Story | Hanan Al-Shaykh
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Kamila is nine years old when she is taken from the poverty of her childhood village in southern Lebanon to Beirut. She has never learned to read or write though she longs to go to school. Stories, poetry and film are her passion - and a beautiful boy called Muhammad. They fall in love before Kamila is forced into an arranged marriage, despite her tears and screams. She is only fourteen years old. On her wedding night her first daughter is conceived; four years later, Hanan is born. Kamila and Muhammad continue to see each other in secret, risking their lives. It is eight years before Kamila can bring herself to divorce her husband, as to do so means leaving her daughters behind. Beautifully evoking the dusty streets of Beirut and life in Lebanon, this is a heartbreaking memoir of an extraordinary woman.
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Simona
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Mehso-so

This is nonfiction book (but with very strong fiction vibes), biography of author‘s mother, which was married at 14 against her will with her brother-in-law. The story is of course sad and heartbreaking, but unfortunately I can‘t say that I like it. I was missing something ...

#ReadAroundTheWorld #Lebanon

RachelO 🙁 4mo
Simona @RachelO Exactly how I felt 😕🙁☹️ 4mo
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Simona
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Spending my day by the spa pool, reading my pick for #ReadAroundTheWorld #Lebanon
Calming surrounding, but heartbreaking story 💔

RachelO Sounds like a good day! 4mo
Crazeedi Sounds like a good book but a hard one to read 4mo
LeahBergen Lucky you! 😍 4mo
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Simona @RachelO Good, lazy day❣️ 4mo
Simona @Crazeedi After few chapters I‘m more on the so-so side, but yes - the content is sad. 4mo
Simona @LeahBergen Spending a day by the water is always my lucky day❣️ 4mo
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EvieBee
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Isn't it fun trying to figure out what to read next?! I've spent an hour looking for books I think I might be in the mood for and still can't decide! #bookproblems

Lcsmcat I've been there! 3y
Jenshootsweddings Read The Circle and tell me if it's worth it 😊 3y
DebinHawaii Maman's Homesick Pie is a favorite foodie read of mine. 📚❤️ 3y
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jessicarenee The circle!! 3y
EvieBee @Lcsmcat @Jenshootsweddings @DebinHawaii @jessicarenee I still can't decide! A real nail biter. 😬 3y
Purrfectpages The Circle was great! 3y
EvieBee @Purrfectpages it seems like the best one to pick up in lieu of the film coming out! 3y
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