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Suad Amiry

Sharon and My Mother-In-Law

Suad Amiry Sharon And My Mother In Law Ramallah Diaries
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Based on diaries and e-mail correspondence that architect Suad Amiry kept from 1981 to 2004, Sharon and My Mother-in-Law evokes the frustrations, cabin fever, and downright misery of daily life in the West Bank town of Ramallah. Amiry writes elegance and humor about the enormous difficulty of moving from one place to another, the torture of falling in love with someone from another town, the absurdity of her dog receiving a Jerusalem identity card when thousands of Palestinians could not, and the trials of having her ninety-two-year-old mother-in-law living in her house during a forty-two-day curfew. With a wickedly sharp ear for dialogue and a keen eye for detail, Amiry gives us an original, ironic, and firsthand glimpse into the absurdity — and agony — of life in the Occupied Territories.

“Full of marvelously detailed, colorful human complication, as funny as it is galling and heartbreaking.” –Tony Kushner, author of Angels in America

“Sharply, gloriously different . . . The seemingly casual narrative . . . works its way into your heart without asking you to hate anyone: just to hate a situation.” –The Scotsman

“Powerful. . . . Extremely funny.” –The Sunday Times (London)

“A literary protest done with great wit, skill, and passion. Not only is it really funny but it shows the kind of courage, vision, and humanity needed to bring peace to the Middle East.” –Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues


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