A Tender Struggle

Story of a Marriage

By Krista Bremer
(Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Paperback, 9781616204495, 304pp.)

Publication Date: March 2015

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"Utterly absorbing . . . A beautiful book." --Cheryl Strayed, author of "Wild" "A bold piece of writing (and thinking) by an incredibly brave woman." --Elizabeth Gilbert, author of "Eat, Pray, Love" Fifteen years ago, Krista Bremer was a surfer and an aspiring journalist who dreamed of a comfortable American life of adventure, romance, and opportunity. Then, on a running trail in North Carolina, she met Ismail, sincere, passionate, kind, yet from a very different world. Raised a Muslim--one of eight siblings born in an impoverished fishing village in Libya--his faith informed his life. When she and Ismail made the decision to become a family, Krista 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. Praise for "A Tender Struggle "(previously titled "My Accidental Jihad"): "A moving, lyrical memoir . . . A sweet and rewarding journey of a book." --"Kirkus Reviews" "Readers of memoir will welcome this love story about patience and kindness and learning the importance of putting culture first." --"Library Journal" "Lucid, heartfelt, and profoundly humane, "My Accidental Jihad" navigates the boundaries of religion and politics to arrive at the universal experience of love." --G. Willow Wilson, author of "Alif the Unseen" "Bremer's particular story strikingly highlights the (usually more mundane) cultural clashes and compromises inherent to every marriage or long-term relationship." --"Publishers Weekly"

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