A Land of Permanent Goodbyes

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes

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After their home in Syria is bombed, Tareq, his father, and his younger sister seek refuge, first with extended family in Raqqa, a stronghold for the militant group, Daesh, and then abroad.
Tareq lives with his big and loving family ... until the bombs strike. The city is in ruins, and in the wake of destruction, he's threatened by Daesh fighters and witnesses a public beheading. Tareq's family knows that to continue to stay alive, they must leave. As they travel as refugees from Syria to Turkey to Greece, facing danger at every turn, Tareq must find the resilience and courage to complete his harrowing journey.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Philomel Books,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780399546839
0399546839
Branch Call Number: Y FIC ABAW
Characteristics: 279 pages ; 22 cm

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Tigard_HollyCP Feb 16, 2019

“They were no longer the people they were born as. At the will of a war, they went from being doctors, lawyers, storekeepers, students, mothers, fathers, daughters and sons to refugees, foreigners, freeloaders, terrorists, enemies. Labels that didn’t represent their true selves.” Destiny itself tells the story of Syrian teenager Tareq, refugee of his country’s civil war, and American college student Alexia, volunteer at a refugee camp in Greece. Under a pile of rubble, Tareq wakes and screams for his mother. Separated from most of his family by distance or death, he must find his way first to Turkey and later to Greece, with the hope that he will be reunited with the surviving members of his family. But it is a long and dangerous road. In Greece as a tourist, Alexia wakes and realizes her calling: she can and must do her part to help alleviate the suffering of the refugees she sees all around her. Her job at the refugee camp is not easy, and she is surrounded by sorrow, but her reward is knowing that the people she meets are one step closer to safety and security. Little do they know when they meet, the lives of Tareq and Alexia will forever be linked.

LPL_WilliamO Feb 17, 2018

A heartbreaking, beautifully written and timely story important for everyone to read. Told through the perspective of Destiny (the concept personified), the story follows a teenage Syrian refugee and his remaining family as they flee the war torn country after a bombing destroys their home. From Syria to Turkey to Greece, there's danger and corruption at every corner. This novel is important because it illustrates the plight of the refugees, and humanizes the Syrian people - people with hopes and dreams, and a desire for security, stability and love. Highly recommended.

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darladoodles
Jan 17, 2018

The Syrian refugee crisis has been in the news and this book is very effective in giving life to those stories. Abawi tells the story of Tareq, a Syrian teenager by using Destiny as the narrator. We also meet Alexia, an American volunteer working to help refugees after they cross the Aegean Sea and land in Greece. We are given intimate glimpses into the minds and hearts of both Tareq and Alexia to give us insights into the plight of the refugees and the experiences they have on their journey to find a new home. This book is full of heartbreaking scenes that vividly portray lives of those dealing with war every day. Recommended!

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JerryJennings
Jan 09, 2020

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi is relevant to the times we are living in. This young adult novel is timely, essential, and riveting. I recommend it highly. I believe that teenagers and parents would benefit from reading it and discussing that much of our world actually is a place of permanent goodbyes. I believe the discussions could be powerful and clarify.

This book is written in the third person by the narrator, Destiny. Destiny’s perspective provides a fascinating point of view that challenges and/or expands the reader’s thinking from time to time.

The characters are captivatingly authentic. We want them to find safety, acceptance and opportunity. In a sense, they are representative of refugees anywhere in anytime.

Being a refugee - a person who has been forced or chooses to leave his or her country in order to evade terror, dehumanization, war, persecution, or natural disaster - is so very much about loss. As Destiny (our narrator) says: When you are a refugee, success is outliving your loss.

The political, social, safety and religious complications of the Middle East is a reality. Even as I write this review - the of the region’s complexity is again most evident.

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes is a story of a Syrian family that is devastated by a bomb which kills over half of the family and sets what is left of the family on a perilous journey toward, what they hope might be stability and safety. Sadly, today, such journeys of survival are all too common in our world. And these dangerous endeavors are made by the young without an adult.

Atia Abawi has crafted a story which focuses on two of the young survivors of the family, Tariq, a seventeen year old boy, hoping and trying - in spite of deadly challenges - to lead his four year old sister from Syria, to Turkey and on to Greece and hopefully from there to Germany.

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Tigard_HollyCP Feb 16, 2019

“They were no longer the people they were born as. At the will of a war, they went from being doctors, lawyers, storekeepers, students, mothers, fathers, daughters and sons to refugees, foreigners, freeloaders, terrorists, enemies. Labels that didn’t represent their true selves.”

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