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• Born in Israel to Jewish Iraqi immigrants.
• Lived with a large extended Iraqi family, upon whom much of this book is based.
• Lived most of her life in Israel.
• Served in the Israeli Army.
• Earned BA’s in Hebrew Literature and Geography from Tel Aviv University.
• Earned her MA in Geography from Haifa University.
• Earned her MA in Hebrew Literature from Tel Aviv University.
• Was an assistant professor of Geography in Haifa and Tel Aviv Universities.
• Taught Hebrew to foreign exchange students at Haifa University.
• Taught Hebrew in London, England to elementary school students.
• Has written diaries, poems and short stories throughout her life.
• Has edited a poetry book and children book in Hebrew.
• Has been married to Amnon for 20 years, and is the proud mother of four
boys between the ages of 18 and 7.
She loves to write and connect with people, she loves to travel and explore new places, and she loves her dog Sheleg (snow in Hebrew).
on May 31, 2012 :
A heartwarming family tale of love and loss.
I feel the need to start this review out by stating that DAUGHTERS OF IRAQ by REVITAL SHIRI-HOROWITZ is more than just another novel. This is family storytelling at its best. Every once in a while, you come across a book that the author has put her whole heart and soul into and is able to convey every emotion flawlessly to the reader. This is one of those very special books. I was completely absorbed by the stories of Violet, Farida and Noa and I felt the love in the words as I read them. I took my time with this book. I savored every word and emotion and didn't want it to end. Through Ms. Shiri-Horowitz's words, I felt the joy and the pain of these women. I was very touched by this book.
We learn of Violet as a vibrant child and then woman through the family stories that her sister, Farida, shares with Violet's daughter, Noa. We learn of Violet as a mother through Noa's recollections and through Noa's pain and guilt of losing her. Then we are treated to something so special by the author. She introduces Violet to us and her family as a woman through her diary that she writes to her loved ones as she lay dying from cancer.
This book is full of hardship, joy, pain and through the amazing storytelling ability of RIVITAL SHIRI-HOROWITZ, we as the reader feel it all. I laughed. I cried. This is an amazing book and I will most definitely be reading it again.
(reviewed long after purchase)
Margaret (Literary Chanteuse)
on Nov. 12, 2011 :
Being from an ethnic back round myself and having heard stories from family members of how it was back home I felt like I was hearing them again while reading this book. It gave me a warm feeling of family and tradition. It enriches our lives to remember and pass on to future generations. The endurance of the women in this story is amazing. There is a sense of pride and hope that you are left with.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)