Alia Malek, a Syrian-American journalist/civil rights lawyer interweaves narratives about her family with the history of modern Syria in The Home That Was Our Country.
Malek moved to Damascus in the wake of the Arab Spring. Brimming with optimism, she intended to finish restoration work on her grandmother Salma’s house while helping Syria transition from “decades of stifling and corrupt dictatorship.” But by 2013, she had returned to the United States, disillusioned.
Moving and insightful, Malek’s memoir combines sharp-eyed observations of Syrian politics, only occasionally overdone, with elegiac commentary on home, exile, and a bygone era. (Kirkus Review)
Copies of this book will be available at North Branch after the August discussion. Although the North Branch is closed on Thursdays, the branch will open for this event.