A Land of Permanent Goodbyes

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes

Book - 2018
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After their home in Syria is bombed, Tareq, his father, and his younger sister seek refuge, first with extended family in Raqqa, a stronghold for the militant group, Daesh, and then abroad.
Publisher: New York, New York : Philomel Books, ©2018.
ISBN: 9780399546839
Characteristics: 279 pages ;,22 cm.


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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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