A Tender Struggle

A Tender Struggle

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a€œA story about love, marriage, compromise, parenthood and the difference between the life one imagined and reality.a€* Fifteen years ago, Krista Bremer, a California-bred feminist, surfer, and aspiring journalist, met Ismail Suayah, sincere, passionate, kind, yet from a very different world. One of eight siblings born in an impoverished fishing village in Libya, Ismail was raised a Muslim--and his faith informed his life. When Krista and Ismail made the decision to become a family, she embarked on a journey she never could have imagined, an accidental jihad: a quest for spiritual and intellectual growth that would open her mind and, more important, her heart. a€œA bold piece of writing (and thinking) by an incredibly brave woman.a€ a€”Elizabeth Gilbert, author of The Signature of All Things a€œA moving, lyrical memoir.a€a€”Kirkus Reviews a€œCandid and rich.a€ a€”Good Housekeeping a€œUnrelenting candor and gorgeous prose.a€ a€”BookPage a€œKrista Bremer has a very good story.a€ a€”The New York Times Book Review a€œA beautiful account of [Kristaa€™s] jihad, or struggle, to find peace within herself and within her marriage.a€ a€”The Kansas City Star a€œLucid, heartfelt, and profoundly humane . . . Navigates the boundaries of religion and politics to arrive at the universal experience of love.a€ a€”G. Willow Wilson, author of Alif the Unseen a€œThis is a memoir worth reading.a€ a€”*Pittsburgh Post-GazetteIt was a cold winter day in North Carolina, and as I buckled my seat belt another mother maneuvered her gleaming new Volvo station wagon into the space beside my 1992 Honda Civic. ... I became convinced that my manual windows were giving me carpal tunnel syndrome. ... prayer over her sleeping body a€” balked at the suggestion that buying an expensive car was part of being a responsible parent.

Title:A Tender Struggle
Author:Krista Bremer
Publisher:Algonquin Books - 2014-04-22


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