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  • By Phoebe Farag
    Nov 25, 2017
    Once I picked up Yet, Home, I couldn’t put it down. In an adult “choose your own adventure” story, Noor takes us through the two different paths Tayib could have taken if had decided to emigrate to Australia or stay in Egypt. We are introduced to Dalia, the daughter he would have had if he emigrated, and Layla, the daughter he would have had if he stayed. The book follows their lives from Tayib’s childhood through the seemingly inconsequential but crucial incidents that lead him to take different paths. Noor expertly weaves the story together with authentic characters that any reader will be able to identify with. As a first generation immigrant, I easily identified with Dalia’s experiences, and as a mother of young children, I lived the exact struggles Layla goes through in trying to find her own path. Noor paints vivid pictures with her words of all the settings her characters live in – London, Cairo, Lisbon, Australia – I could see, hear, and even smell the sights, sounds and... More > scents through her descriptions. In addition to the engaging story, Noor intersperses lucid commentary on family and community life in a changing world. These words from Tayib struck me in their accuracy: "I have been abroad enough times to know that families in Western countries suffer from their own poverties: there never seemed to be enough time for a leisurely meal or an unscheduled conversation with an old friend, at least not in my experience … I fear my own beloved country has made a fatal decision, leaping to achieve material abundance at the expense of its abundance of spirit." My own visits to Egypt confirm those words, as life has become busier for so many people. Traces of that “abundance of spirit” remain, testified by the tears my children shed whenever we leave. Yet, Home is a perfect book club book. When I finished it, all I wanted to do was discuss it with someone. The fictional story provokes discussion not just on the immigrant experience but also on the universal themes of decision-making, family, community life, parenthood, and love. Read my complete review at beingincommunity (dot) com, where you can also receive a free book group discussion guide.< Less
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Product Details

ISBN
9781365522413
Edition
First Edition
Publisher
Lulu Press
Published
September 7, 2017
Language
English
Pages
282
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
1.06 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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