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In My Mother's Footsteps:
In My Mother's Footsteps:

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In My Mother's Footsteps: A Palestinian Refugee Returns Home

‘Refugees are like seeds that scatter in the wind, and land in different soils that become their reluctant homes’ my mother once told me. As a small child, I looked up at my mother and clutched her hand. The puffiness of her palm reminded me of a loaf of warm pita bread, and when she laced her fingers into mine like a pretzel, I felt safe. I would have walked with her to the ends of the earth.

When Mona moved from California to Ramallah to teach conflict resolution in a school for a year, she kept a journal. Within its pages, she wrote her impressions of her homeland, a place she had only experienced through her mother’s memories.

As she settled into her teaching role, getting to know her students and the challenges they faced living in a militarized, occupied town, Mona also embarked on a personal pilgrimage to find her mother’s home in Jerusalem.

Mona had dreamed of being guided by her mother down the old souqs, and the leafy streets of her neighborhood, listening to the muezzin’s call for prayer and the medley of church bells. But after fifty-nine years of exile, it was Mona’s mother who held her daughter’s hand as they visited Jerusalem together, walking the narrow cobblestone alleys of the Old City. Their roles were reversed. Mona had become her Mama’s legs and her memory – and the one to tell her story going forward.

In My Mother’s Footsteps is a moving and heart-rending journey of a daughter discovering her roots and recovering her mother’s beloved past. It’s also an intimate and tender account of daily life for Palestinians as never seen before.

About the Author:
Mona Hajjar Halaby is a Palestinian-American educator, writer and social historian, residing in California, USA. In order to preserve Palestinian culture and heritage, she has created a FaceBook page entitled “British Mandate Jerusalemites Photo Library.” She has also collaborated on the interactive documentary “Jerusalem, We Are Here.

Pages: 292 paperback
Publisher: Thread Books

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5 of 5 Great Read! Compelling, Intimate and Insightful October 9, 2021
Reviewer: Kathy Kenny from Oakland CA  
Author Mona Hajjar Halaby has done the impossible in this gem of a memoir. She has written a highly readable, compelling and insightful book that touches deeply and teaches gently. Even if you know nothing about Palestine or its people, you will be moved by her personal story, her mother’s remarkable letters and her astute observations of the people, places and challenges in present day Palestinian life. While she addresses their pain and profound loss over the last 100 years, she also captures their beauty, resourcefulness and resilience.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand more about Palestine and the Palestinians. You’ll be very glad you read it.

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