A Land of Permanent Goodbyes

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes

eBook - 2018
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Narrated by Destiny, this heartbreaking — and timely — story of refugees escaping from war-torn Syria is masterfully told by a foreign news correspondent who experienced the crisis firsthand.In a country ripped apart by war, Tareq lives with his big and loving family . . . until the bombs strike. His city is in ruins. His life is destroyed. And those who have survived are left to figure out their uncertain future.In the wake of destruction, he's threatened by Daesh fighters and witnesses a public beheading. Tareq'sfamily knows that to continue to stay alive, they must leave. As they travel as refugees from Syria to Turkey to Greece, facing danger at every turn, Tareq must find the resilience and courage to complete his harrowing journey.But while this is one family's story, it is also the timeless tale of all wars, of all tragedy, and of all strife. When you are a refugee, success is outliving your loss.Destiny narrates this heartbreaking story of the consequences of war, showing the Syrian conflict as part of a long chain of struggles spanning through time.An award-winning author and journalist—and a refugee herself—Atia Abawi captures the hope that spurs people forward against all odds and the love that makes that hope grow.
Publisher: 2018
ISBN: 9780399546846
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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LPL_WilliamO Feb 17, 2018

A heartbreaking, beautifully written and timely story important for everyone to read. Told through the perspective of Destiny (the concept personified), the story follows a teenage Syrian refugee and his remaining family as they flee the war torn country after a bombing destroys their home. From Syria to Turkey to Greece, there's danger and corruption at every corner. This novel is important because it illustrates the plight of the refugees, and humanizes the Syrian people - people with hopes and dreams, and a desire for security, stability and love. Highly recommended.

Jan 17, 2018

The Syrian refugee crisis has been in the news and this book is very effective in giving life to those stories. Abawi tells the story of Tareq, a Syrian teenager by using Destiny as the narrator. We also meet Alexia, an American volunteer working to help refugees after they cross the Aegean Sea and land in Greece. We are given intimate glimpses into the minds and hearts of both Tareq and Alexia to give us insights into the plight of the refugees and the experiences they have on their journey to find a new home. This book is full of heartbreaking scenes that vividly portray lives of those dealing with war every day. Recommended!


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