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Mother of Strangers

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Mother of Strangers by Suad Amiry
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Aug 02, 2022 | ISBN 9780593316559

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“A powerful story of love, loss, and the destruction of a nation.”
Booklist, starred review

“Stirring . . . achingly alive . . . Amiry’s eye-opening story will keep readers turning the pages.”
Publishers Weekly

“I was bedazzled by Mother of Strangers. How extraordinarily brave to weave a story about the destruction of one’s city, the displacement of family—separating lovers young and old—and the beginning of the end of Palestine. I loved that Suad Amiry based her novel on a true story. I loved the humor as I clutched my heart.”
—Hanan al Shaykh, author of Beirut Blues
 
Mother Of Strangers is a passionate and a deeply moving story of the price Palestinians paid for the creation of Israel.”
—Michael Palin, author, actor, and member of Monty Python

Table Of Contents

Part I
Subhi
1 The Best Mechanic in Town (Jaffa, June 1947) 3
2 The Promised English Suit 12
3 Jaffa’s Orange Groves (Bayyarat Yafa) 19
4 To Have or Not to Have the Promised Suit 25
5 Sugar Daddy 35
6 Three Green Notes and One Red (July 1947) 39
7 The Grand Suit Tour 47
8 English Pride 54
9 A Suit Etched on Paper 61
10 From the Fools’ Café to the Intellectuals’ Café and that of the Fishermen 67
11 Café il Inshirah: The Intellectuals’ Café 71
12 From Boyhood to Manhood 77
13 At the Brothel 83
14 Mawsim il Nabi Rubin (August– September 1947) 87
15 A Temporary Tent City 91
16 The Kisweh Celebrations from Jaffa to il Nabi Rubin 95
17 The Kite Maker 100
18 The Love of My Life 107

Part II
Back to Jaffa
19 Post- Vacation Blues (Jaffa, September 1947) 117
20 Death Oranges (Sunday, January 4, 1948) 123
21 A Train Robbery (end of March 1948) 128
22 Jerusalem’s Macabre Parade (April 8, 1948) 132

Part III
New Masters
23 The Day After (Jaffa, May 1948) 143
24 New Masters 149
25 The “Disputed” Suit Interrogations 157
26 At Jaffa’s Port 163
27 Disputed 167
28 Back to Being the Best Mechanic in No- Town 174

Part IV
Shams
29 A Surrogate Mother (il Lyd, May 1948) 183
30 A “Jewish” Cow (One Month Earlier, il Lyd, July 1948) 192
31 The Cow Interrogation: Big Crimes, Small Crimes 198
32 Someone at the Door 204
33 A Muslim Mother 214
34 An Escape Plan 221
35 Subhi: In Search of a Past, in Search of a Future 229
36 A Few Knocks at the Gate (Jaffa, 1950) 235
37 New Neighbors (Jaffa, 1951) 241
38 A Friendly Request 255
Epilogue (Jaffa, January 2018) 265

Author’s Note 269
Acknowledgments 273
Arabic to English Glossary 275

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