Book Review: Mornings In Jenin

Historical Fictions are my favorite books genre. Reading any historical Fiction book will take you through a journey beyond just a story. You get to learn the history of a country, city, town, or even family. That is what Mornings In Jenin is.

In Mornings In Jenin, Susan Abulhawa writes the touching story of Palestine — During the British Mandate, The 1948 War, The Occupation, The many Arab-Israeli wars, 1967, up to 2002. She tells the story from different perspective, mostly through the Abulheja family. The author goes through the story of four generations of the Palestinian family, from their life in Ein Hod — the town they’re originally from — to Jenin — where they live as refugees.

The story later goes on to be told from Amal’s perspective — the daughter of Hasan Abulheja and Dalia. Her story is the most tragic. Born and raised in Jenin, Amal and Huda are bestfriends. In the book, you will get to live through their friendship from the perspective of the author, as well as Amal’s perspective. You will see what a truly beautiful friendship they have, and how it goes on to shape their lives. In a devastating event, Amal loses everything, and is forced to live in an orphanage in Jerusalem. There, she makes new friends — Muna Julayta, and the Colombian Sisters — and they are nothing short of trouble. Amal’s father had always encouraged her to study hard. So by the time graduation had come, She had landed herself a scholarship to go study in Philedelphia, where she later goes back to live with a daughter. She had inherited her father’s love of books — especially those of Jibran Khalil Jibran.

Mornings In Jenin is an emotional rollercoaster. You will experience joy and sadness, love and heartbreaks, attachment and separation. Out of so many historical fictions, Mornings In Jenin is definitely a book I would recommend.