Book Size: 6" x 9"
Imprint: Interlink Books
Illustrations: b&w photos
Release date: 03/15/17Category: Literature
The Scent of Jasmine
Coming of Age in Jerusalem and Damascus
By Anan Ameri
“Ameri’s strong and courageous voice gives this chronicle special significance as the world contends with a growing surge of conflicts and refugees.” — Booklist
About this book
Journey to a world little known to Western readers.
Born to a Syrian mother and a Palestinian father in 1944, Anan Ameri's refreshing memoir, The Scent of Jasmine, offers a funny, spirited, unique self-portrait of her childhood, adolescence and passage to adulthood as a young woman in the Arab world. A collection of twenty-three vignettes, Anan's search for the familiar fragrance of jasmine blossoms leads her to reimagine the puzzle pieces of her early life. While these stories- creative nonfictions- reverberate with the impact of enormous political upheavals and conflicts,
The Scent of Jasmine demonstrates how the intricate bonds of family, community and place can nourish in us the creative capacity together to reimagine and repair our worldBrand: Anan Ameri
“Ameri recollects her life story from her earliest memories of living in Palestine before the Nakba (disaster) in 1948 to repeatedly traveling from Jordan to Syria amid the fluctuating tides of war, protest, and political upheaval. Ameri’s story is that of relative privilege, as her father was a Jordanian government official and her mother came from an upper-class family who owned and operated a print shop. Prosperity, however, does not shield this family from the all-too-familiar violence of war and bloody territorial disputes. Her family life, by contrast, is not unlike any other, as her parents focus on trying to provide a peaceful place for raising their daughters and sons so that one day they can attend college and then graduate school. Filled with relatable stories about her fascination with modern technology, teen-idol-like admiration of Egyptian president Nasser, and anger toward religious intolerance at Western-run universities, this timely memoir should be shelved among other grand life stories lived amid war and turmoil. Ameri’s strong and courageous voice gives this chronicle special significance as the world contends with a growing surge of conflicts and refugees.” — Booklist