Genres: Middle East, World Literature
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Mervat was born in Iraq as a minority Christian and in the late 1970s and came to America at age two. Torn between her cultural heritage which dates back over 7300 years and the new land of freedom and opportunity, she watches friends live an Americanized lifestyle while she clings onto Middle Eastern traditions, all along yearning for the courage to follow her own path, to "Trust thyself" as Ralph Waldo Emerson emphasized. Then she meets Johnny, the perfect potential suitor, but he brings along multiple complications. As their relationship faces its challenges, Mervat's desire for having individuality while maintaining her tribal lifestyle escorts her to the discovery of unexpected cultures and beliefs.
This very well written book offers an insight into life of a young woman born into a Middle Eastern culture, while living in an Americanised culture. Told in the first person, and written in an enagaging style, it explores the problems faced by Mervat as she meets a potential suitor.
There are three five star reviews of this book on Amazon which you can read here