Hope Has Two Daughters

Hope Has Two Daughters

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Unwilling to endure a culture of silence and submission, and disowned by her family, Nadia leaves her native Tunisia in 1984 amidst deadly violence, chaos, and rioting brought on by rising food costs, eventually emigrating to Canada to begin her life.

More than twenty-five years later, Nadia's daughter Lila reluctantly travels to Tunisia to learn about her mother's birth country. While she's there, she connects with Nadia's childhood friends, Neila and Mounir. She uncovers agonizing truths about her mother's life as a teenager and imagines what it might have been like to grow up in fear of political instability and social unrest. As she is making these discoveries, protests over poor economic conditions and lack of political freedom are increasing, and soon, Lila finds herself in the midst of another revolution -- one that will inflame the country and change the Arab world, and her, forever.

Weaving together the voices of two women at two pivotal moments in history, the Tunisian Bread Riots in 1984 and the Jasmine Revolution in 2010, Hope Has Two Daughters is a bracing, vivid story that perfectly captures life inside revolution.

Publisher: [Toronto] : Arachnide, [2017]
ISBN: 9781487001803
Branch Call Number: FIC Mazig
Characteristics: 289 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Reed, Fred A. 1939-- Translator
Language Note: Translated from the French.


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May 04, 2017

Mazigh's promise of revolution fizzles out. Read the whole review here http://bit.ly/2p90a8W

Hope Has Two Daughters by Monia Mazigh follows two young women, mother and daughter, as they face revolution and civil unrest 30 years apart. Nadia, in 1984, studies hard in school to better her life and make her parents proud when the so-called couscous riots begin, changing her life and her self, forever. In late 2010, Nadia’s daughter Lila is staying with her mother’s best friends Neila and Mounir, while working to improve her Arabic when she meets Donia, a wealthy young revolutionary whose unhappiness with the status quo is infectious.

Monia Mazigh knows a thing or two about revolution, having lived through the Tunisian bread riots in the 1980s. She is most famous for her relentless campaigning to return to husband to Canada after the US government deported him to Syria in 2002. Her experiences during this period of unrest and her emigration to Canada inform Hope Has Two Daughters. The novel definitely feels personal.

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