A Land of Permanent Goodbyes

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes

by Atia Abawi


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ISBN-13: 9780399546839
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 01/23/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 48,162
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Atia Abawi is a foreign news correspondent who was stationed for almost five years in Kabul, Afghanistan. She was born to Afghan parents in West Germany and was raised in the United States. Her first book for teens was the powerful The Secret Sky, about forbidden romance between different ethnic tribes in Afghanistan. She currently lives in Jerusalem with her husband, Conor Powell, and their son, Arian. You can follow her on Twitter @AtiaAbawi.

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Hours passed at the site of their bombed-out apartment building. Most of the survivors could do nothing but watch and weep as the corpses were lined up on the ground—bodies that included Tareq’s grandmother and mother.

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A Land of Permanent Goodbyes 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
RememberingJulie 3 months ago
This was a really powerful book and it looked at the Syrian conflict and refugee crisis from multiple angles, but it didn't get across quite the impact I was expecting due to the narrator; having it be Destiny caused a certain removal from what was actually happening and sometimes lead to little monologues about life and death and destiny. While beautiful, it took away from an already heartbreaking story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This books is a must read!! The way the author writes it, makes you feel like you are right in the middle of the everything that is going on. It took me about 8 hours(two nights) to read it and I haven't done that in a long time. The book speaks to a lot of things going on in the world today and gives you an inside look at what it is like to live in a place of uncertainty and as a refugee. Speaking to the author we found out that most of the stories are real and not made up which breaks my heart. It is easy to live in our little bubble here in America and think that humanity is kind but in reality it is anything but to these refugees. Thank you for opening my eyes to what is really going on in this crisis that is currently going on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A moving story that brings to life an important topic. Required reading for anyone who doesn't understand the plight of a refugee!
ReadingwithErin More than 1 year ago
Thank you to first to read for an e-arc in exchange for my honest review. "The story of displacement and loss is woven into the fabric of human history. One day it's them, the next day it's you. But as generations pass, most forget that their people, too, have suffered. Some, though, still holds the empathy in their souls. But others choose not to, they choose to help themselves before helping others. Those are the souls who never find true happiness. Their hearts are never full." I feel like we should start off this review by saying that I actually teared up multiple times while reading and that doesn't normally happen for me. This book was so realistic and heartbreaking and now going to be the book that I recommend to everyone. So please go and get this book from a store or the library it doesn't matter and read it. You will learn so much and really see how many lives you can change in an instant. A Land Of permanent Goodbyes is narrated by Destiny and follows two different people. Tareq who is a Syrian whose family is forced to leave after a tragedy happens and their journey through the middle east to get to safety. Then we have Alexia who is an American college student who is volunteering and helping refugees as they make it to Greece. "When your soul feels too much, that trauma makes a home in your heart. But it's not a weakness or even an illness. To feel so much means you can find empathy - when you can sense the pain of others, that is a power to hold on to. That is a power that can change the world you live in. But it's also a power that comes with a burden and pain." Tareq's family is very close and they feel somewhat safe even though a war has greatly changed their lives and has caused many nightmares and heartbreaks. Tareq is the oldest child and because of that helps out the most with his younger siblings and keeping track of them. This is a big thing once tragedy happens and his family is separated and he has to find them again. His being the oldest also means that he has a responsibility to help out more and hide what is happening from his younger siblings all while trying to help his dad make it out of the Middle East safely. The journey Tareq's family goes on is terrifying and realistic and really made me think about what is happening in the middle east and how many lives it is affecting and changing. There were so many times on this journey that I teared up and was so nervous for his family that I had to keep reading no matter what else was going on. "I hope you will provide the warmth, be that helper, do what you can to make that world a better place. Because when I meet you- and I will- there will be a reckoning. There always is." Alexia's story was also one that really showed how people are helping and how much help is still needed. I also loved how much she cared and wanted to truly help and wasn't there just to say she had done it. She cared about every person that she met and the losses that happened she felt and she wanted to be doing so much more as well. "Please don't be scared of us. We are more terrified of your reactions. We are broken people who are haunted by our past, our futures and our dreams. We narrowly escaped death, the war, the rapes, the murders and the killers - we have family who didn't- please don't think those monsters represent us."
miss_mesmerized More than 1 year ago
The family is at home, even if it is war outside, they still have themselves; Tareq, his younger brother Salim, the girls Farrah and Susan and the baby twins. He respected his mother Nour and his father Fayed and of course also his grand-mother. When a bomb hits their house, only Tareq and Susan can be saved, luckily their father was at work and is also alive. They decide it is time to leave the country, after such a loss, what is it that keeps them still there? But first, they need to go to Raqqa where Fayed’s brother lives who can lend them money. Yet, Raqqa is deep in the Daesh controlled area and going there is highly risky. But this is only the beginning of a journey which hopefully ends somewhere in Europe in peace and safety. Atia Abawi, an American journalist who spent many years in the middle east as a correspondent and is a daughter of Afghan refugees, has chosen the number one topic in the news of the last two years for her second novel. It is her background, both personal and professional, which can be found throughout the novel; you feel in every line that she knows what she is writing about and that neither the emotions she puts in her characters nor the experiences they make are just invented, but exactly what people undergo. At times, the style of the novel has some traces of journalistic work, leaves the pure fiction, but this does not reduce the quality of the novel at all. First of all, what I really appreciated was the fact that she does not victimize her characters. Already at the beginning of the novel, they are hit by a major loss, but they keep on fighting and do not rely on others. The risk a lot, see evil deeds committed by Daesh fighters, but still remain human themselves. The part I found especially interesting was Tareq’s time in Turkey. It is not only the large number of Syrians being stranded there and setting up a kind of community parallel to the Turkish, but first and foremost the way they are exploited, how people are trying to make profit from their fate which is annoying. Yet, I guess this is just reality. It is just the story of one family, however, it represents what many people all over the world go through. None of them wanted to leave their country, none of them wants to live in another country of which they neither know the language nor the culture, many of them believe that those who have died are blessed because they do not have to undergo this. Considering all the negative news about refugees, we should not forget their perspective. Atia Abawi has given them a beautiful and engrossing voice.