Title: Mornings in Jenin
Author: Susan Abulhawa
Publication Date: February 2, 2010
Genre: Historical Fiction
5 StarsSince its birth a month ago, I have been an avid supporter of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign. I mean, besides the fact that I'm part of a minority, I've noticed that there seems to be one type of protagonist that publishers look for, and this in turn leads to a horribly un-diverse cast of fictional protagonists. I, like many other readers, am sick and tired of this uniformity.
Partly to share my love of this book and partly to pitch in for the campaign, I decided to do a review of a book that I hold very dear to my heart and childhood. I read said novel before I began blogging - probably in 2010 - and to this day I still get tears in my eyes as I relive the events in Mornings in Jenin.
And you know what? I admit it: I am bias in my favoring of this novel. I have very personal reasons for loving it. But despite this, I really think anyone would enjoy - er, be affected - by this novel. It's not limited to one country or people or place. Its beauty is that it is so applicable to nearly everything, no matter the specifics.
The reason why I feel this is the perfect book to represent a campaign on diversity is because the book itself contains such a myriad of cultures and circumstances. It is well-researched and does not shy away from something a normal book would consider "dangerous." It explores different individuals with dissimilar backgrounds and encourages us to be open-minded. It brings to light a people that are horribly underrepresented. That, my friends, is what I consider to be a diverse novel.
I don't care if you support Israel or Palestine or are neutral - no matter your political beliefs, this is a must read for anyone who is looking for a colorful and cultured book of diversity.