Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa – Our Review


Our Review…

“I can explain this, but it would break the glass cover on your heart,
And there’s no fixing that. “
How to put a novel like this into words?
This is much more than historical fiction. This novel is poetic, salient on a literary level, important on a personal level and a contemporary political level.
The story follows four generations of a Palestinian family beginning in the 1940’s when they are first driven from their ancestral lands in Ein Hod and continuing through the war of 1967 and the Lebanon War of 1982, and the Israeli massacre at the Jenin refugee camp in April 2002.
However, the novel is so much more than the political conflicts is depicts and more important that it’s context in the current Israeli offensive. This novel ruminates on grief, trauma, erasure, belonging, displacement and Colonialism but it also showcases Palestinian joy through the depiction of their music, arts, food and traditions. Stories like this being shared and read by the West are the most important and powerful acts of resistance against a never-ending occupation and fight for land rights of Indigenous peoples all over the world. In a world where silence is complicity: Read it. Speak about it. Share it with others. In doing so, we seek not to repeat the mistake of history.
Review by Katina @ Great Escape Books