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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"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.
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