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Daughters of Iraq by [Shiri-Horowitz, Revital]
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Shiri-Horowitz tells the story with a light and loving touch. Her book, which is riveting and convincing, explores the connections between the past and the present, between the older women and their legacies to their children and grandchildren. --Prof. Lev Hakak UCLA

This gripping saga encompasses personal tragedies, hopes, dreams, illness, untimely deaths, unrequited love, unexpected love, family celebrations, and-of course- lots and lots of food. --At Magazine, 2007

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"RIVETING AND CONVINCING
Explores the connections between the past and the present"

---- Professor Lev Hakak UCLA

"GRIPPING SAGA
Encompasses personal tragedies, hopes, dreams, illness, untimely deaths, unrequited love, unexpected love, family celebrations, and-of course- lots and lots of food."

--- "You" magazine

"Daughters of Iraq" is the compelling story of three women from the same family. It is the story of emigration from Iraq to Israel as experienced by two sisters: Violet, whom we learn about through a diary she kept after being diagnosed with a critical illness, and Farida, whose personality unfolds through her relationship with her surroundings, and with herself. The third character is Noa, Violet's daughter and a student, a young woman in her twenties who is searching for meaning. Noa embarks on a spiritual quest to the past, so that she can learn how to build her life in the present and the future.

Shiri-Horowitz's award winning novel was published in Hebrew in 2007, receiving accolades from literary critics and readers, now appearing in English for the first time. Shiri-Horowitz is a mother of four boys; she lives and writes in Washington State.


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  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004U34YM8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
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This is a yarn weaved using three threads.

Violet's voice comes to life from the pages of her diary, and we can hear the change it undergoes: In the first chapter she is a young child growing up in Iraq, and her rebellious nature is endearing. Later in the story we hear her voice as she grows, becomes a mother, falls sick... Having been sent home from the hospital without chemotherapy, she doesn't bother to ask questions anymore, and instead, focuses on one goal: recording her story for the benefit of her children.

Noa's voice is told in the third person narrative, she lives a hurried, busy existence studying for an exam in Jewish philosophy, and torturing herself for never really getting to know her mother, violet, before she succumbed to cancer.

Farida, Violet's sister, is the third thread, the one that allows tying the knot between the two generations, Violet and her daughter Noa. Motherly and giving by nature, she considers how the diary would affect Noa, and when would be the right time to hand it over.

As we read, we begin to see the tapestry created with these threads, painting scenes from two different places, Iraq and Israel, illuminating cultural differences, local sights of palm trees, the Chidekel river, the aroma of orchards and the smell of the earch.

Highly recommended.
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As an American Jew I always believed that Israel was a country populated by European refugees from the Holocaust. But after a trip to Israel I learned that the majority of Israelis are actually from the Middle East. Unfortunately they are refugees kicked out of their homelands when the state of Israel declared independence. My niece married an Israeli and many members of his large extended families were those refugees. When a friend recommended Daughters of Iraq to me well I wanted to learn more about those gracious people that entertained us in their home with feasts like the ones described in this wonderful novel. The story is told from the perspective of Noa, Farida and Violet and we see how the two generations of women and their offspring adapted to a new and sometimes hard life in a foreign land. The stories are told with an honesty that sometimes makes your heart hurt. I highly recommend this novel, there is even a glossary of foreign words which adds so much to the flavor of the novel. I love to read a story that is informative and entertaining.
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Excellent insight into the lives of the women , Jewish , born in Iraq . The changes in their lives and the way they coped generally with how life dealt their hand . Truly enjoyable . Abrupt ending , I found it left you in the air , but satisfactorily so .
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This book is a welcome addition to the canon of modern Jewish literature which is often dominated by the holocaust and events in Europe. Daughters of Iraq is a beautifully written and touching account spanning three generations of women as we learn about the migration from Iraq to Israel under the most difficult of circumstances. A key sub-plot is Noa's mums diary which acts as a thread linking the generations together and holding the key to family secrets. The prose in the book is well executed and the dialogue, which at times feels like a play reveals very human, well drawn characters. The historical events in the book give it a touch of authenticity which strengthens the story especially the nostalgic reminisces of Iraq. On the whole this is an inspirational story of hope, love, family and life
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I hungered to read this book from my first reading of it's blurb. I wasn't disappointed. Daughters of Iraq introduced me into the world and traditions of a culture I had never thought to enter into. What a shame it took me so long. I was drawn into the story by characters who shared their lives as if they were never a part of fiction. The use of their native language really cinched it for me. I liked the way the story flicked from past to present and back again, while smoothly sharing bits of history. I used to think of Iraq, Israel as just words, a place, you know what I mean? I now see the people. I could just picture it as a movie. I recommend this book to everyone.
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Such a wonderful book and really refreshing to read about sephardi middle eastern jews instead of ashkenzi european jews. I was gutted when the book finished!
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I've been reading many novels lately and I've been very disappointed in their endings, and this one is the same. Maybe I expect too much wanting a crescendo of an ending, but I can't help but feel let down on this one.
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A good and compelling read (although the English was a little odd in places), however, I found Violet's story rather depressing. The book seemed to end abruptly on somewhat of a cliff hanger and left me feeling dissatisfied and wanting to know more.
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