By Cynthia Kaplan Shamash
This riveting and totally distinctive memoir chronicles the arriving of age of Cynthia Shamash, an Iraqi Jew born in Baghdad in 1963. whilst she was once 8, her kin attempted to flee Iraq over the Iranian border, yet they have been captured and jailed for 5 weeks. Upon liberate, they have been lower back to their domestic in Baghdad, the place such a lot in their property were confiscated and the door in their domestic sealed with wax. They moved in with associates and utilized for passports to spend a ten-day holiday in Istanbul, even if they by no means meant to come.
From Turkey, the kinfolk fled to Tel Aviv after which to Amsterdam, the place Cynthia’s father quickly died of a middle assault. on the age of twelve, Sanuti (as her mom referred to as her) used to be despatched to London for education, the place she lived in an Orthodox Jewish enclave with the manager rabbi and his relations. on the finish of the varsity yr, she again to Holland to navigate her teenager years in a tradition that used to be even more sexually liberal than the only she were born into, or certainly the single she used to be experiencing between Orthodox Jews in London. almost immediately after completing her education as a dentist, Cynthia moved to the us in an try and commence over.
This brilliant, attractive, and intensely humorous memoir will entice readers intrigued via spirituality, tolerance, the non-public ramifications of statelessness and exile, the clashes of cultures, and the way forward for Iraq and its Jews.