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