Mornings in Jenin

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A heart-wrenching, powerfully written novel that could do for Palestine what The Kite Runner did for Afghanistan.

Forcibly removed from the ancient village of Ein Hod by the newly formed state of Israel in 1948, the Abulhejas are moved into the Jenin refugee camp. There, exiled from his beloved olive groves, the family patriarch languishes of a broken heart, his eldest son fathers a family and falls victim to an Israeli bullet, and his grandchildren struggle against tragedy ...

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Overview

A heart-wrenching, powerfully written novel that could do for Palestine what The Kite Runner did for Afghanistan.

Forcibly removed from the ancient village of Ein Hod by the newly formed state of Israel in 1948, the Abulhejas are moved into the Jenin refugee camp. There, exiled from his beloved olive groves, the family patriarch languishes of a broken heart, his eldest son fathers a family and falls victim to an Israeli bullet, and his grandchildren struggle against tragedy toward freedom, peace, and home. This is the Palestinian story, told as never before, through four generations of a single family.

The very precariousness of existence in the camps quickens life itself. Amal, the patriarch's bright granddaughter, feels this with certainty when she discovers the joys of young friendship and first love and especially when she loses her adored father, who read to her daily as a young girl in the quiet of the early dawn. Through Amal we get the stories of her twin brothers, one who is kidnapped by an Israeli soldier and raised Jewish; the other who sacrifices everything for the Palestinian cause. Amal’s own dramatic story threads between the major Palestinian-Israeli clashes of three decades; it is one of love and loss, of childhood, marriage, and parenthood, and finally of the need to share her history with her daughter, to preserve the greatest love she has.

Previously published in a hardcover edition with a limited run under the title The Scar of David, this powerful novel is now available in a fully revised, newly titled paperback edition. The deep and moving humanity of Mornings in Jenin forces us to take a fresh look at one of the defining political conflicts of our lifetimes.

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Editorial Reviews

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“In these lean times for the book industry, a second chance for a work of literary fiction is beyond fantastical—akin to seeing the Mona Lisa twitch. To resort to a quaint phrase from publishing days of yore, someone at Bloomsbury obviously believed in this book, and, politics aside for a moment, it's easy to see why. Abulhawa is a passionate writer whose limber, poetic style transports a reader deep inside the war-torn world she chronicles…. Melodramatic? Certainly. Polemical? Absolutely. But, Mornings in Jenin is also a terrifically affecting novel, thanks to Abulhawa's elegance as a writer. It's a novel to savor.”—Maureen Corrigan, The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Abulhawa has created a compassionate, ground-level view of a Palestinian family caught in the heart-wrenching realities of life in the Middle East.”—Dianna Marder, The Philadelphia Inquirer

“In the acknowledgments to her novel Mornings in Jenin (Bloomsbury, February), Susan Abulhawa recalls being inspired by Edward Said’s lament “that the Palestinian narrative was lacking in literature.” Published as Scars of David in 2006, Abulhawa’s newly re-edited novel fills that gap, chronicling the development of the Jewish state and its consequences for local Arabs from a decidedly Palestinian perspective.”Tablet: A New Read on Jewish Life

“In this richly detailed, beautiful and resonant novel examining the Palestinian and Jewish conflicts from the mid-20th century to 2002 … Abulhawa gives the terrible conflict a human face … [and] makes a great effort to empathize with all sides and tells an affecting and important story that succeeds as both literature and social commentary.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Audacious, no-holds-barred account of a Palestinian family’s suffering during 60 years of Israeli occupation … A potent debut.”Kirkus Reviews

“Abulhawa’s debut novel is a powerful portrayal of what might be labeled the “other side” of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the viewpoint of Palestinian refugees uprooted in 1948…. An intimate look at the refugee existence by a daughter of refugees.”Booklist

Mornings in Jenin is a powerful and passionate insight into what many Palestinians have had to endure since the state of Israel was created. Susan Abulhawa guides us through traumatic events with anger and great tenderness too, creating unforgettable images of a world in which humanity and inhumanity, selflessness and selfishness, love and hate grow so close to each other.”—Michael Palin

Mornings in Jenin is a powerful and sensitive narrative that encapsulates the Palestinian experience with searing honesty and moving compassion. Susan Abulhawa displays linguistic and imaginative skills that single her out as a literary figure with tremendous promise… In both its specific Palestinian content and its larger human dimension, this novel is at once a challenge to complacency and ignorance as well as an affirmation of all that is enduring and valuable in the undefeated human spirit.”—Hanan Ashrawi, founder and Secretary General of the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy (MIFTAH), and author of This Side of Peace: A Personal Account

“A powerful and heartbreaking book.”—Esther Freud

“The voice of Susan Abulhawa is honest, every word is heartfelt, the aim to honour history and acknowledge its facts. This book is a ‘tour’ waiting to take with it all kinds of readers: the already converted, the uninformed, and especially those who are fortunate enough to live secure lives.”—Hanan al-Shaykh

I finished Susan Abulhawa’s novel last night. As I came to the end I could hardly bear to read it. But I did and I loved it ... what she’s done is that great Jane Eyre thing: here is my life, here is a life, from the very beginning to its very end; here is her family and her heart, her people and her land. You travel with her on every page.”—Carmen Callil

“I love Mornings in Jenin … It really is a great work—the epic novel the Palestinian tragedy has been waiting for.”— Robin Yassin-Kassab

 

Publishers Weekly
In this richly detailed, beautiful and resonant novel examining the Palestinian and Jewish conflicts from the mid-20th century to 2002, (originally published as The Scar of David in 2006, and now republished after a new edit), Abulhawa gives the terrible conflict a human face. The tale opens with Amal staring down the barrel of a soldier's gun—and moves backward to present the history that preceded that moment. In 1941 Palestine, Amal's grandparents are living on an olive farm in the village of Ein Hod. Their oldest son, Hasan, is best friends with a refugee Jewish boy, Ari Perlstein as WWII rages elsewhere. But in May 1948, the Jewish state of Israel is proclaimed, and Ein Hod, founded in 1189 C.E., “was cleared of its Palestinian children...” and the residents moved to Jenin refugee camp, where Amal is born. Through her eyes we experience the indignities and sufferings of the Palestinian refugees and also friendship and love. Abulhawa makes a great effort to empathize with all sides and tells an affecting and important story that succeeds as both literature and social commentary. (Feb.)
Kirkus Reviews
Audacious, no-holds-barred account of a Palestinian family's suffering during 60 years of Israeli occupation. In 1948, Yehya Abulheja, prosperous farmer and patriarch of a family that for 40 generations has occupied Ein Hod, a village near Mount Carmel, worries only about the coming olive harvest and his son Hasan's marriage to an unsuitable Bedouin girl, Dalia. All is forgiven when Dalia bears sons Yousef and Ismael. Dismissing rumors that Jewish immigrants plan to establish their own state, annexing Palestinian lands, the Abulhejas are stunned when Ein Hod is shelled and its residents herded into a refugee camp at Jenin. During the forcible eviction, baby Ismael is snatched by an Israeli soldier desperate to help his despondent wife, a Holocaust survivor rendered sterile after repeated rapes by the SS. The couple renames the child David. Hasan and Dalia's daughter Amal, Abulhawa's protagonist, is born in Jenin. Ismael's kidnapping has cost Dalia her sanity; Yehya is shot for trespassing on his former land; and Hasan disappears during the Six Day War in 1967. Yousef encounters David, an Israeli soldier whose facial scar resembles Ismael's. After repeated beatings and torture by Israeli soldiers, including David, Yousef joins the PLO resistance fighters. Following Dalia's death, Amal's scholarly bent propels her from a Jerusalem orphanage/school to college in Philadelphia. She reunites with Yousef, his bride Fatima and their daughter Falasteen in Shatila, a Lebanese refugee enclave, where she teaches Palestinian children, marries Majid, a young doctor, and becomes pregnant. As Israel's attacks on Lebanon mount, Amal returns to the States, intending to arrange for her family to follow.Soon, though, Majid perishes in the bombardment of Beirut and Fatima and Falasteen are slaughtered by the invaders. Yousef, a suspected terrorist, vanishes. In a fog of grief, Amal struggles to nurture her infant daughter, Sara. David reaches out in remorse to Amal, and a precarious healing begins. A potent debut. Author appearances in New York and Philadelphia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608190461
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 2/2/2010
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 113,849
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Abulhawa was born to refugees of the Six Day War of 1967, and moved to the United States as a teenager. She is the founder of Playgrounds for Palestine, an NGO that builds playgrounds for Palestinian children in the occupied territories and refugee camps elsewhere. Abulhawa has contributed essays to the New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, and Philadelphia Inquirer, among other publications. Mornings in Jenin marks her first major publication as a novelist.

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  • Posted January 29, 2010

    A heartbreaking, eye-opening novel

    "The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off:" one of my favorite quotes, from Gloria Steinem, aptly captures the experience of reading "Mornings in Jenin." As someone who grew up with westernized versions of history, I'm ashamed to admit I'd been relatively clueless about the Palestinian experience. This novel reached inside me, challenged everything I thought I knew, and broke my heart. I've read a handful of books in my life that were truly mind-altering experiences, and this was one of them. I finished the book last week and it's still haunting me.

    The novel covers most of the 20th century and into the 21st through the eyes of one Palestinian family, and spans Palestine, Israel and America as the family members struggle to find safety. A beautiful portrait is painted of a family rich in history, tradition, and devout faith. But war touches each generation, leaving none unscathed. The author captures the psychological terror of living through war, especially as it looks to children. The prose of the novel is just exquisite. While the stories are heart-wrenching, there is also a strong note of hope and resilience that resonates throughout the novel. Abulhawa does an incredible job of showing the reader what it has meant to be a Palestinian in the last century, and through her fictional characters, she presents a stunning truth that many of our history books, sadly, have not. Very highly recommended.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2011

    Excellent

    A wonderful story. Although it is a novel, and technically fiction, the story describes the tragic situation in Palestine very well. A must read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2010

    Mornings in Jenin is many things...

    "Mornings in Jenin" by Susan Abulhawa is many things. In summary, it's the story of one family's struggle and survival through over sixty years of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, carrying us from the refugee camp of Jenin to Jerusalem to Lebanon and the anonymity of America. A patriarch dies returning to his stolen farm, a baby is taken from his Arab family and raised by survivors of the holocaust, a father and daughter read together in the early dawn of a refugee camp dreaming of a brighter future, two girls play together under the guns of an occupying army forming a life-long friendship, a young women raises her daughter - alone - in the safety of America but returns to the horrors of war.

    "Mornings in Jenin" is a love story. It's the story of four generations of one family's love for each other through the trials of dispossession, diaspora and death. A father's love provides the inspiration for his children to seek education in spite of huge odds. A mother's love provides the strength to endure horrible loss. A husband's love turns him from the path of revenge and destruction. A brother's longing for love leads him on a life-long journey for acceptance. One character describes the depth of their love like this:

    "It is the kind of love you can know only if you have felt the intense hunger that makes your body eat itself at night. The kind you know only after life shields you from falling bombs or bullets passing through your body. It is the love that dives naked toward infinity's reach. I think it is where God lives."

    "Mornings in Jenin" is also a horror story. Not in the classic sense of vampires, zombies or mysterious slashers, but in the sense of everyday horrific acts "ordinary" humans do to one another that populates our news: kidnapping children, political rape, murder and torture. This book slashes through the thin veneer of fiction surrounding the "Palestinian problem" in the Middle East and shows us the stark reality of a people dispossessed. It's not a new story; humans have been killing each other for land and resources from the dawn of time. But told through the lives of individuals, this inhumanity is a visceral punch in the gut, stealing your breath, and leaving you in tears.

    "Mornings in Jenin" is a political statement. The author is the daughter of Palestinian refugees and grew up in the US, but she's worked in the camps and visited Jenin shortly after the 2002 Israeli invasion of the camp. It was that experience, and subsequent cover-up of the massacre there, that led her to write this novel. She makes little effort to be "balanced" or present the "Israeli side" because that version is what is front and center in Western media. Her purpose is to correct the imbalance; to tell the "Palestinian side" -- which is generally ignored in the mainstream -- through literature. It is relentlessly sad with a slim hope for change at the end.

    Ultimately, "Mornings in Jenin" is a wonderful piece of literature about an enormously difficult subject. The writer obviously grew up reading poetry. The sentences and paragraphs sing with a poetic rhythm and interesting choice of words. I recommend this book, but beware it is an emotional roller-coaster.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2010

    Hard to take, harder to put down

    What I write pales in comparison to what you will find in the writing style and story within the pages of this book. If I could adequately describe how this book made me feel, I still would not do the book justice.
    Mornings in Jenin is the story of four generations of Palestinians living through the birth of Israel and the never ending war that follows. The story centers on Amal, a women who is born in a refugee camp. Her story is one of loss, love and redemption.
    I asked to review this particular book because I have always questioned the war between Israel and Palestine. I am torn between understanding the need for a permanent homeland after living through the horrors of WW2 and the way in which the country of Isreal was settled. When I was younger I would ask my elders to explain the actions of the two nations but try as they might, none could truly explain both sides. The issue of the two nations within one setting is very polarizing. I would hear about the Palestine terrorist but not the people. As a result I know little about the human story of Palestinians and thought this book may offer some insight into their world.
    Abulhawa's writing style is nothing short of amazing. Though this book is heartbreaking at every turn Abulhawa's words sing out. Yes, they sing out and you as a reader are caught up in her song. Never mind that at times the pain becomes unbearable, the song of her words compel you the reader to stay with her. A little past half way I wanted to give up; there was too much death and heartache, but I stuck with it as the story needed to be told. As much as it hurt to hear it, this story does need to be told. We need to hear about the aftermaths of war. Not because we need to take one side or the other, but because we should pause before we pick a side. Abulhawa shows us that war scorches the lives of those who lay in the path of triumph. No one really wins in war expect death and pain as Abulhawa so vividly tells us.
    After finishing the book I sat for a moment trying to collect my thoughts. A part of me disliked having to deal with the emotions and questions that washed over me while another part was so taken by the character and lives in Mornings in Jenin I was almost sad to have come to the end of the tale. For a few moments I was not sure if I could recommend this book or not as it is so full of loss but it dawned on me that one of the reasons I kept reading was because it opened my eyes to what real sadness and pain are. Sometimes we Americans get so caught up in our daily drama we tend to forget we are blessed, even when we are struggling. Mornings in Jenin will make you think, question and maybe cry. It is a testament to a people that before now had no voice. I highly recommend this book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 13, 2014

    Having almost read 1/4 of Kite Runner

    Before its return there is no need to read this if it follows it in grafic sex violence and unpleasant cast of characters m.a.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2014

    Good read :)

    Very well written. Good story line, and definitely takes the emotions for a ride.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2014

    I stumbled across this very well-written book and hope that it g

    I stumbled across this very well-written book and hope that it gets the readings it deserves. Other people have described it better than I can. Definitely one of those books that everyone should read. Would be a great read for a book-club. It is a book that sticks with you long after reading it.  

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2014

    One of the best-written and moving books I ever read.

    One of the best-written and moving books I ever read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2014

    Highly, highly recommended!!!!

    I found this book to be a great read. If one is lookinfg for a page turner in a book, this is it. It has everything from love to murder, from family to friends, from birth to death. I would recommand this book to anyone who is in search of good information. It is a must read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

    Very Good Read

    Excellent depiction of the plight of the Palestinian people

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    This novel, more.than anything I've read on the Palestinian situ

    This novel, more.than anything I've read on the Palestinian situation, humanizes the Palestinian state of mind. We viscerally feel her pain and agony on each page, and several passages have brought me to tears. The author writes lyrically, and in such a way that you feel and identify with her every observation and emotion. This book should be on every required reading list in schools, and in every book club in the country.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 23, 2012

    A wonderfull heartbreaking story about a family struggle under t

    A wonderfull heartbreaking story about a family struggle under the Israeli occupation. It is about hope, suffering, and loss. It is a must read  masterpiece.  Many thanks to the author Susan for her great talent and courage to tell the world the Palestinian side of the conflict.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    A personal, war torn tradgedy that is written with a keen perspective.

    This story represents, from a personal family point of view, of the suffering that has existed since time began. The brutal quest to claim land happens, in all corners of our globe, as our history tells; an inate human desire to have better & more no matter the cost.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2014

    A good read.

    Well written and gripping, this novel travels from the now-occupied territory of Palestine to the United States. It traces the aftermath of the naqba-the disaster- of Palestinian dispossession through the life of one family, including their intertwined relations with an Israeli Jewish family.

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