My Accidental Jihad (Hardcover)
Algonquin Books, 9781616200688, 304pp.
Publication Date: April 22, 2014
May 2014 Indie Next List
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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.
"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