My Father's Paradise
A Son's Search for His Family's Past
By Ariel Sabar
(Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Paperback, 9781565129337, 344pp.)
Publication Date: October 2009
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Yona's son Ariel grew up in Los Angeles, where Yona had become an esteemed professor, dedicating his career to preserving his people's traditions. Ariel wanted nothing to do with his father's strange immigrant heritage until he had a son of his own.
Ariel Sabar brings to life the ancient town of Zakho, discovering his family's place in the sweeping saga of Middle-Eastern history. This powerful book is an improbable story of tolerance and hope set in what today is the very center of the world's attention.