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An intimate tale of the author’s three lives in three different countries.


" excellent book about challenges faced by refugees...and their emotional struggles. A very well written and hard to put down."

C. Singer


"Well written. Fascinating." M. Laric

"One of the best books I have read in the past year." Elie

"Thoroughly enjoyable.... A must read." Lisa

"Every paragraph is a work of art." JoAnn

Remember Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian refugee who drowned and washed to the Turkish shore? This book is about another child--a Jewish kid from Iraq who barely survived the trauma of exile to Israel years earlier and ended up in the United States. It tells the story of his happy life in Iraq where his family dated back for thousands of years, moves to his second and very challenging life as a Black (Sephardi) boy living in tents in several transition camps and working as a Picker in Israel, and ends with his story as a grownup finally finding home in the United States It is an intimate, lyrical memoir of a child looking for home, a powerful tale of his three lives in Iraq, Israel and the US--lives of dislocation, despair and transformation, shared by many refugees and immigrants around the world. The book opens with a synopsis of the tumultuous love story of his other mother and proceeds to tell the story of his three lives, which are intertwined with the love story of his other mother, immigration, near death experience, transformation, and eventually to a life worth living. Narrated in the first person, it captivates the reader with its honesty, hope and affirmation of the human spirit.

Finalist, New Mexico-Arizona Book Award

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