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What We Owe
What We Owe | Golnaz Hashemzadeh Bonde
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Nahid has six months left to live. Or so the doctors say. At fifty, she is no stranger to loss. But now, as she stands on the precipice of her own death—just as she has learned that her daughter Aram is pregnant with her first child—Nahid is filled with both new fury and long dormant rage. Her life back home in Iran, and living as a refugee in Sweden, has been about survival at any cost. How to actually live, she doesn’t know; she has never had the ability or opportunity to learn. In the form of a furious exhale, an almost primal scream, this extraordinary novel asks us to consider: what do we pass on to our children? What do we owe those we love? And without roots, can you ever truly be free? Soon to be published in twenty-five countries, What We Owe introduces a fierce, and necessary, new voice in international fiction, exploring how trauma and loss metabolize over time, and how they infect the generations that follow.
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Nahid, was once a #flowerinthedesert but now 50 and living in Sweden, has been given 6 months to live. Told from her point of view we see her anger, resistance and denial. Her reaction to her daughters pregnancy. We flash back to her difficult childhood in Iran and her naivete as a college age revolutionary that leads to tragedy, betrayal, and eventual flight to Sweden. 5⭐
#wanderingjune @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

BarbaraBB This sounds sad en important. Stacked! 1mo
Cinfhen This one sounds really good!! #stacked for me too!!! 1mo
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Just starting this one...looks short but heavy...

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BookInMyHands
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I couldn‘t put this slim novel down. Nahid is a woman in her 50‘s, living in Sweden after immigrating from Iran in the 1980‘s. Now facing death, she reflects on her life, relationships, and motherhood without sentimentality. What do we owe those who come before us, and those we leave behind?

It packs a punch, but it‘s not without hope.

#immigrationstories
#readingwomenofcolor2019

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When Nahid receives a diagnosis of terminal cancer, she has to confront the most difficult elements of her past -- her time as a revolutionary in her home country of her Iran and the loss of many she loved, her experience and identity as as refugee, and her role as both a daughter and a mother. Short but powerful read.

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“Is it possible you use up life faster if you live intensely? People have always told me I laugh too loud. Imagine if every laugh, every laugh that was too loud, took days off my life. What if you‘re only given a limited number of breaths, and they run out more quickly when you laugh too loud, talk too loud, dance yourself breathless.”

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Nahid, 50 and living in Sweden, has been given 6 months to live. Told from her pov we see her anger, resistance and denial. Her reaction to her daughters pregnancy. We flash back to her difficult childhood in Iran and her naivete as a college age revolutionary that leads to tragedy, betrayal, and eventual flight to Sweden. The first person perspective gives you no distance from this unsympathetic but very real character. 5⭐

Reggie Wow. Stacked. 7mo
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As she is dying of cancer,50 year old Nahid recalls her past, and a major turning point during the Iranian Revolution, when her 14 yr old sister joined her at a protest and was killed.This book is beautifully written,spare and harsh and alive and painful.It is about mother‘s and daughters and what binds us, what we give and what we leave behind.It is about being a refugee in a land of snow, not sand.It is about life, death, dying, and new birth.

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#carknitting #carreading #BFClydesCiderMill #MysticCT

Traveling to BF Clyde‘s Cider Mill for cider, apple cider donuts, hard cider tasting, Apple wine tasting. When cleaning out a storage room, I found this old knitting- with my knitting journal from 2015! Picking it up again to finish- car blanket. Have not knit in many years since I took a class on making a sweater using circular needles& utterly failed- sweater became a lopsided bucket.

cathysaid Awww...I just call those unique pieces “abstract art.” #knittersoflitsy 8mo
AlaMich Yum! All the cider things!! 8mo
kspenmoll @cathysaid Thanks for the title!!! 8mo
kspenmoll @AlaMich All the cider things were great esp hot cider & cider donut! 8mo
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#FallintoReading #November #favoritefallreadingspot
#mybed

Now that Fall has turned cold, I have abandoned my front porch and moved into my bed, piled high with toasty quits. Emily always & sometimes, Poe favor this warm spot.

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vkois88 Awww ❤ ❤ ❤ 8mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 8mo
JoRead 😭😭😭 8mo
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#WhenaSorrowStandsforAllSorrows #immigration #Iran
Started this library book today. It caught my eye; I had never heard of this book. Only a few pages in; writing spare, but beautiful. Already I am hooked.

Cathythoughts Beautiful writing... 9mo
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“Don‘t they realise I‘m here because I‘m strong?” Golnaz Hashemzadeh Bonde isn‘t pulling any punches here and I love it.

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