A Tender Struggle

A Tender Struggle Story of a Marriage

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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

Book information

ISBN: 9781616204495
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Imprint: Algonquin Books
Pub date:
Edition: First paperback edition
DEWEY: 975.6044092
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 287
Weight: 318g
Height: 210mm
Width: 140mm
Spine width: 23mm