Where Jasmine Blooms

Where Jasmine Blooms

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"To the Mansours, an Arab American family living in Seattle, love knows no borders. But despite our best efforts, sometimes love-and family-are foreign to us. American-born Margaret Mansour wants nothing more than to rekindle the struggling twenty-year marriage to her Palestinian husband, Ahmed-but not if it means uprooting their home and children in America and moving halfway across the world. Young and ambitious Alison Mansour has a degree in Near East Studies, but her American education and Syrian background are of no use when her new marriage begins to crumble under the weight of cultural and religious differences. The communication between Alison and her husband is already shaky; how will they cope with the arrival of their first child? Zainab Mansour, the matriarch of her family, never expected to live in America, but after the death of her husband she finds herself lost in a faithless country and lonely within the walls of her eldest son's home. She wants what's best for her children but struggles to find her place in a new landscape. Emerging from the interwoven perspectives of these three women comes a story of love and longing, culture and compromise, home and homeland. Exploring the complex political backdrop of the Middle East from a personal perspective, Where Jasmine Blooms travels from the suburbs of Seattle to the villas of Jordan and the refugee camps of the West Bank, on an emotional journey exploring what it means to be a family"--
Publisher: New York :, Skyhorse Publishing,, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781628727494
Branch Call Number: FIC WARA
Characteristics: 1 volume


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Aug 23, 2019

Most memorable scene when the daughter in law ,,,,,oooops,,,,,spoiler alert!

Great insight into the Arab-American dynamic,,,,what was lacking for me was a parallel empathy including the Israeli Palestinians,,,,,they're no more the 'bad guys' than the Arabs,,,,,altho there is one scene re. the Blond curly haired Israeli soldier from California,,,,but that's all I can remember

Feb 13, 2018

It’s complicated being married to someone from another culture. Add in the challenges faced by Muslims after 9/11, this story about a Anglo woman married to a Palestinian man living in Seattle, brings insight to challenges. It’s not just the cultural differences like discovering how in Palestinian culture the oldest son is responsible for the entire family, but it’s having your mother-in-law move in and visits to Jordan and her husband’s wanting to return to the Middle East to live. This well written story shows the commitment and love that sustains a marriage despite major differences.

Apr 24, 2017

Really enjoyed reading this novel! Being in an interracial relationship myself I was able to connect with Margaret and Alison so easily and being able to view how it might be for their mother in law Zainab living in a foreign country and trying to hold on to her values and morals was amazing to read and experience as well. Definitly a great read of the everyday struggle to find out who you are and where you fit in this world!


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