Book Review: Hope Has Two Daughters – ISBN 9781487001803

Book Review: Hope Has Two Daughters – ISBN 9781487001803

Hope Has Two Daughters
By Monia Mazigh
Translated by Fred A. Reed
ISBN: 9781487001803
Price: $22.95
Publisher: Arachnide Editions

Review by Lorie Pierce

Based on real events during the Tunisian bread riots in 1984 and the Jasmine Revolution in 2010-11, this novel see-saws between the personal experiences of Nadia and her Canadian-born daughter Lila.

Caught up in events in Tunis that neither expected, weighing the pros and cons of involvement, both women ride uneasily through these times. Is being heroic really worth it? Where does it get you after all?  If revolutions only bring trouble, then what does it take to bring freedom?

Throughout the narrative, the reader is treated to the beauty of the Tunisian landscape, foods, customs and people.

This is an important story for anyone seeking a better understanding of the disorienting forces that uproot people from their homelands and families.

Monia Mazigh is best known for her public battle to free her husband, Maher Arar, from imprisonment and torture in a Syrian jail, chronicled in Hope and Despair: My Struggle to Free My Husband, Maher Arar. She is the national co-ordinator of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group and holds a Ph.D. in finance from McGill University. Hope Has Two Daughters is her second novel.

 

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About Author

Lorie Pierce

Lorie is a native Torontonian who has also lived in Calgary and Vancouver. Over the years, she has enjoyed an eclectic work background including positions as a town planner, volunteer co-ordinator, medical researcher, hydrotherapy teacher and museum tour guide. She also sold wands in Diagon Alley.

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