In this ground-breaking memoir set in Ramallah during the aftermath
of the 1967 Six-Day War, lbtisam Barakat captures what it is like
to be a child whose world is shattered by war. With candour and
courage, she stitches together memories of her childhood: fear and
confusion as bombs explode near her home; the harshness of life as
a Palestinian refugee; her unexpected joy when she discovers Alef,
the first letter of the Arabic alphabet. This is the beginning of
her passionate connection to words, and as language becomes her
refuge, allowing her to piece together the fragments of her world,
it becomes her true home. Transcending the particulars of politics,
this illuminating and timely book provides a telling glimpse into a
little known culture that has become an increasingly important part
of the puzzle of world peace.
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