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A Tender Struggle

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A Tender Struggle

Story of a Marriage

By Krista Bremer

Algonquin Books, Paperback, 9781616204495, 304pp.

Publication Date: March 31, 2015

"A story about love, marriage, compromise, parenthood and the difference between the life one imagined and reality."*

Fifteen years ago, Krista Bremer, a California-bred feminist, surfer, and aspiring journalist, met Ismail Suayah, sincere, passionate, kind, yet from a very different world. One of eight siblings born in an impoverished fishing village in Libya, Ismail was raised a Muslim--and his faith informed his life. When Krista and Ismail made the decision to become a family, she embarked on a journey she never could have imagined, an accidental jihad: a quest for spiritual and intellectual growth that would open her mind and, more important, her heart.

"A bold piece of writing (and thinking) by an incredibly brave woman." --Elizabeth Gilbert, author of The Signature of All Things

"A moving, lyrical memoir."--Kirkus Reviews

"Candid and rich." --Good Housekeeping

"Unrelenting candor and gorgeous prose." --BookPage

"Krista Bremer has a very good story." --The New York Times Book Review

"A beautiful account of Krista's] jihad, or struggle, to find peace within herself and within her marriage." --The Kansas City Star

"Lucid, heartfelt, and profoundly humane . . . Navigates the boundaries of religion and politics to arrive at the universal experience of love." --G. Willow Wilson, author of Alif the Unseen

"This is a memoir worth reading." --*Pittsburgh Post-Gazette