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War and Me: A Memoir Kindle Edition
An intimate memoir about coming of age in a tight-knit working-class family during Iraq’s seemingly endless series of wars.
Faleeha Hassan became intimately acquainted with loss and fear while growing up in Najaf, Iraq. Now, in a deeply personal account of her life, she remembers those she has loved and lost.
As a young woman, Faleeha hated seeing her father and brother go off to fight, and when she needed to reach them, she broke all the rules by traveling alone to the war’s front lines—just one of many shocking and moving examples of her resilient spirit. Later, after building a life in the US, she realizes that she will coexist with war for most of the years of her life and chooses to focus on education for herself and her children. In a world on fire, she finds courage, compassion, and a voice.
A testament to endurance and a window into unique aspects of life in the Middle East, Faleeha’s memoir offers an intimate perspective on something wars can’t touch—the loving bonds of family.
Praise for War and Me
“Hassan renders her harrowing experiences in an authentic, heartfelt manner, offering important testimony of personal and national courage. A beautifully wrought memoir from a pioneering Iraqi author.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Iraqi poet Faleeha Hassan (A Butterfly’s Voice) revisits a lifetime defined by war in this devastating and gorgeous work…While a sobering narrative, Hassan’s intelligence and resilience combine to yield an incredibly powerful look at the ripple effects of warfare. Her poignant tale of survival is one that readers won’t soon forget.” —Publishers Weekly
Praise for Faleeha Hassan
“Faleeha Hassan, ‘the Maya Angelou of Iraq,’ wields a mighty pen.” —Oprah.com
From the Publisher
As Oprah.com put it, “Faleeha Hassan, ‘the Maya Angelou of Iraq,’ wields a mighty pen.” Faleeha is a poet, playwright, writer, teacher, and editor who earned her master’s degree in Arabic literature and has published twenty-five books. She fled Iraq with her daughters, and she now resides in New Jersey, where she gives poetry readings at the local library. At one reading, a soldier who had served in Iraq was brought to tears by a poem she read. He told her he felt healed by her depiction of war, how it feels on the ground. Faleeha takes us there vividly with her memoir, War and Me, a feat of storytelling.
Coming of age against the backdrop of war, Faleeha took serious risks to keep her family together—like traveling the front alone to find her father and brother—and to complete her education. The twists and turns of Faleeha’s story are shocking, and the suffering immense, but through it all we are held by her warmth and faith. I, for one, feel less alienated from the reality of war and more certain that our hearts can handle anything.
—Gabriella Page-Fort, Editor
- ASIN : B09Q84Q3W8
- Publisher : Amazon Crossing (1 Aug. 2022)
- Language : English
- File size : 7163 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 351 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1542036186
- Best Sellers Rank: 6,148 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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