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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, Nadias daughter Lila reluctantly travels to Tunisia to learn about her mothers birth country. While shes there, she connects with Nadias childhood friends, Neila and Mounir. She uncovers agonizing truths about her mothers 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 Daughtersis a bracing, vivid story that perfectly captures life inside revolution.
A bracing and vividly-told story set against the backdrops of the Tunisian Bread Riots in 1984 and the Jasmine Revolution in 2010,Hope Has Two Daughtersoffers a glimpse inside revolution from the perspectives of two women, Nadia and Lila, a mother and daughter who take active roles during pivotal moments in history.Can literature bear witness? This is the literary quest undertaken by Monia Mazigh in her novel about revolutions and families, about the Bread Riots of Tunisia and the Arab Spring. How do women come of age as dissidents? The difficult secrets shared by mothers and daughters are universal in this thoroughly imagined narrative in which a Canadian story is, necessarily, a story of the world.Monia Mazigh's second novel is an engaging book in which choices abound for young Muslim women.
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