Literary Nonfiction. Memoir. In this memoir, Lamees Al Ethari traces her transition from an idyllic childhood in a large extended Iraqi family to the relative stability of family exilic life in Canada. Through memory fragments, clips of poetry, diary entries, and her own art, the author reveals the trauma of three senseless wars, a decade of dehumanizing sanctions on an innocent population, the blindness of a dictatorship to the suffering of its own people, and finally their resilience and the humanity they manage to preserve.
Lamees Al Ethari is an Iraqi writer and artist who immigrated to Canada with her husband and two boys in 2008. She now teaches at the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo. Her writing and research focuses on Iraqi North American women's life narratives of trauma and migration. She has been a Consulting Editor with The New Quarterly since 2016 and is a coordinator for The X Page, a community outreach writing workshop for immigrant and refugee women in Kitchener-Waterloo. Her poetry has been published in several literary magazines. She lives in Kitchener, Ontario.Author City: KITCHENER, ON CAN