Daughters (A historical family saga) [NOOK Book]

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"Best book I read in 2011" Goodreads review.
"The story Baehr tells, touches so deeply, one is tempted to re-read every page." Chicago Trib.
“No fiction that I have read has illuminated the nation that was Palestine through the medium of the family saga as does this absorbing novel. Like a landscape painter, Baehr skillfully paints the background and it becomes a palpable experience." Washington Post Book World

From the one room dwellings of a tiny village near Jerusalem to the elegant town houses of ...
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Daughters (A historical family saga)

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Overview

"Best book I read in 2011" Goodreads review.
"The story Baehr tells, touches so deeply, one is tempted to re-read every page." Chicago Trib.
“No fiction that I have read has illuminated the nation that was Palestine through the medium of the family saga as does this absorbing novel. Like a landscape painter, Baehr skillfully paints the background and it becomes a palpable experience." Washington Post Book World

From the one room dwellings of a tiny village near Jerusalem to the elegant town houses of Georgetown; from a world steeped in ancient traditions to a world of independent women comes this multi-layered novel of the lives, loves, secrets and strivings of three generations of Palestinian Christian women.
Miriam Mishwe is born into a world that hasn’t changed for centuries – rural Palestine in the last years of the 19th century. She marries a man chosen by her family but the world she sees as unchangeable is on the verge of upheaval.

Nadia is Miriam’s daughter. Sent to a local British school, she adopts many modern ideas but is not ready to renounce her heritage. It is Nadia’s child, Nijmeh, who looks to the west and calls herself by her English name, Star, when she goes to live in America. There she faces problems unknown in her childhood world of brooding hills and desert and brilliant skies. Daughters is an unforgettable novel about courage, love and hope; and about two worlds – one ancient, one modern – and the extraordinary women who bridge them.
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Editorial Reviews

Washington Post Book World - Grace Lichtenstein
"No fiction that I have read has illuminated the nation that was Palestine through the medium of the family saga … as does this absorbing novel. Like a landscape painter, Baehr skillfully paints the background and it becomes a palpable experience. I for one long to know what has happened to the village and its families in the last forty years."
Washington Post Book World - Grace Lichtenstein
"No fiction that I have read has illuminated the nation that was Palestine through the medium of the family saga … as does this absorbing novel. Like a landscape painter, Baehr skillfully paints the background and it becomes a palpable experience. I for one long to know what has happened to the village and its families in the last forty years."
The Chicago Tribune - Carol Kleiman
The story Baehr tells touches so deeply, one is tempted to re-read every page.
Baehr blends ancient biblical storytelling and modern romantic realism in her engrossing story of three generations of daughters.
Publishers Weekly - Editorial Staff
In this sweeping, uncommonly stirring narrative spanning 1883 to 1957, Baehr chronicles the lives of three Palestinian Christian women. Baehr writes grippingly of the clash between 20th century values and the traditions of a proud, ancient land.
Goodreads - Susan Isaacs
Loved this book. One thing that always marks a special book for me is being unable to stop reading and yet not wanting the book to end. Usually I have several books on the go but This one I read without interruption.
So interesting to read a book set in Palestine and to learn a bit about the different culture and the way of life. An eye opener as I only knew basic historical facts about the setting up of Israel and obviously the present day situation.
Goodreads - Barbara Silkstone
Best book I read in 2011.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014988438
  • Publisher: Consuelo Saah Baehr
  • Publication date: 7/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 14,974
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Consuelo Saah Baehr was born in El Salvador to French/Palestinian parents. At five she joined her father and five uncles in Washington, D.C. where they ran the prestigious boutique Jean Matou, a favorite of Bess Truman and Jackie Kennedy. Convent boarding schools came next and George Washington University. After college she wrote advertising copy for Macy's. Marriage and three children followed and the writing was silent until a stunning Op-Ed piece in The New York Times brought a flurry of offers from book publishers. The result was the personal memoir, Report From The Heart (Simon & Schuster). Four novels followed: Best Friends (Delacorte/Dell); Nothing To Lose (Putnam's); Daughters (Delacorte/Dell) and 100 Open Houses,an e-book original. Daughters, a historical family saga set in pre-war Jerusalem, has been translated into 15 languages.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2012

    Highly recommend this book.

    Very long book, but not boring at any point. Lots of history. Am enjoying reading the book and relish each chapter.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2013

    Excellent

    Excellent

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2013

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    Luv your stories, Sushicat! Five stars!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2013

    Great book! I absolutely loved the characters and couldn't put i

    Great book! I absolutely loved the characters and couldn't put it down..

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

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    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2013

    I absolutely LOVED this book. It grabbed me from the first few

    I absolutely LOVED this book. It grabbed me from the first few pages and I hated to see it end. It uses the history of Palestine as a backdrop, but it is not at all slanted to try to influence your opinion about the conflict between Israel and Palestine. I loved the character development and the plots were amazing. I found myself longing to get back to reading this book during the days I read it. I would love to see the author do a sequel to this novel.
    The ending left me wondering what would happen next to the youngest of the three daughters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

    Great read

    Very long book, but a fantastic read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    highly recommend

    I liked this book very much, informative as well as entertaining. Great for book club discussion. Would have read more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    Wonderful reading

    Over three thousand pages was daunting but once you start it you become so engrossed with the story that the pages fly by. It's one of those books you want to pick up and read other than at bedtime. I don't usually review books but needed to tell the author job well done.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2014

    I am on the last quarter of this book and it has not been boring

    I am on the last quarter of this book and it has not been boring in the least. I am really enjoying reading it.
    Excellent book.
     

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  • Posted April 23, 2013

    Fascinating Book

    This book is easy to read yet it has lots of great historical information. The plot was interesting though at times keeping all the characters strait was challenging. If you like genealogy and following people through the years you would definitely like this book. On the last third of the book seemed to emphasize the sexual lives of the characters much more than at the start. It might have been because the book was dealing with the late 50's and beginning 60's but I found it distracting. Overall it was a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Very interesting read dealing with Palistine for several centuries

    I enjoyed reading this historical novel about families and their lives in Palestine before it was divided. It deals with mothers and their daughters and their relationships with each other, families and husbands. Our families and customs influences us a great deal can be seen in this novel.
    I had lived in Turkey and the Middle East in the early seventies so I liked reading this book. It is long.
    I would recommend it for a book club discussion. .

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  • Posted April 12, 2013

    A very good read

    I'm still reading this book, but it is very good. There's good character development and the story engages the reader from the start. It shares a lot of cultural feel without being bogged down. From a woman's point of view, the reader gets an excellent feel of the oppression and submission that women endure in other culrtures. It is a very good book and Zi would recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    Minecraft Saga: Survival Games

    Steve's blocky heart pounded as he leaned in on his pressure plate. The oter 23 players were all the same, tensed for action. He looked around, studying the skills and weaknesses. The gong interrupted his thinking, and he sprinted like heck for th forest. He tore up turf like no tomorrow. He found a cave, and waited out the day in silence. Night came. Steve made a crafting table, and some wooden tools. He crafted a bed and slept. Morning brought pangs of hunger. The cannanade sounded, and the tributes were announced dead. Boy and girl from Caves, Jungle, Plains and Swamp, Girl from Ocean, Superflat and Stronghold, Boy from Forest and Desert. No one from Extreme Hills, Taiga, or Nether. He was from Extreme Hills, and he had his girl partner to work with. He set out in search of food. He hard mooing, and killed many a cow. He cpoked the beef in a furnace and ate. The next morning, more cannonade. Both from Nether. Less bloodshed, he thought. He ran to the Craftucopia to see if there was any remaining supplies, a fish or two. He ran right into another trubute. The tribute had an iron sword, and would gladly skewer him if him had the chance. Steve sidestepped and dodged the girl from Forest's attack and quickly reraliated. But he saw she was not alone. The boy from Stronghold was with her. He dodged their attacks and quickly mauled the boy. The girl was weeping from grief, and he killed her too. Between them was a sword and some raw porkchop. He got to the Craftucopia, and searched the chests. He knew where there might be another. He dug underneath the Craftucopia, and sure enough, he found a chest. Inside was like heaven. A full set of Chain Armor, a Bow, and 32 arrows. He retreated to his hut in the cave. The next morning, three cannonade. The two he had slaughtered, and a girl from desert. It was him, Edia, the girl from Extreme Hills, the boy from Superflat, both from Taiga, and the boy from Ocean. Six of us. He decided to go after the boy from Superflat. He saw his hideout inagrive of trees, and from behind, came an arrow. He had been ambushed! The pair from Taiga and the boy from Superflat all tried to kill him. But with his Iron sword and Chain armor, he killed two of them and badly injured the third assailant. "Attention! Attention Tributes! After a look at the server rules, it has been decreed that two tributes may win---if they are from the same biome." That was us. Me and Edia. I set out to seach for her the next morning, after the cannonade hailing the boy fom Superflat and boy from taiga dead. That left four of us. I set out to look for Edia, and found her soon after. She had a bow in her hand. She insisted that we have a battle with the others, so I agreed. We met at the Craftucopia after an announcement by the admins. Me and Edia versus Mar, the boy and Vesovia, the girl. I lunged at him, and knocke him off the platform. I lunged after him, and we clashed our swords. Hearts were lost. I killed him. But Edia was struggling with Vesovia. I ran to help her. We killed Vesovia, and expexted cheers. Bothing. "Attention Extreme Hills tributes! After a closer investigatuon of the server rules, it has been decreed tha tthere may be only one victor!" "They used us." "Yes." She held out two poison potions. "On three?" "Yes." "I can't live without you." "One..."Two...""" ""STOP! Stip! Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the victors of the year's Survival Games... Steve and Edia of the Extreme Hills Biome!!

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