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.

About the Author
Krista Bremer is the associate publisher of "The Sun" magazine and the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation award. Her essay on which this book is based, My Accidental Jihad, received a Pushcart Prize. Her essays have been published in "O: The Oprah Magazine, ""More" magazine, and "The Sun, " and she s been featured on NPR and in the PBS series "Arab American Stories." Her website is www.kristabremer.com.