Atia Abawi

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes

 A powerful novel of refugees escaping from war-torn Syria, masterfully told by a journalist who witnessed the crisis firsthand. In a country ripped apart by war, Tareq lives with his big and loving family…until the bombs strike. His city is in ruins. His life is destroyed. And those who have survived are left to figure out their uncertain future. Tareq’s family knows that to continue to stay alive, they must leave. As they travel as refugees from Syria to Turkey to Greece, facing danger at every turn, Tareq must find the resilience and courage to complete his harrowing journey. While this is one family’s story, it is also the timeless tale of the heartbreaking consequences of all wars, all tragedy, narrated by Destiny itself. When you are a refugee, success is outliving your loss. An award-winning author and journalist and a refugee herself, Atia Abawi captures the hope that spurs people forward against all odds and the love that makes that hope grow.

Atia Abawi

Atia Abawi is a foreign news correspondent who has reported from the some of the Middle East’s most dangerous conflicts—including Afghanistan and Iraq—for nearly a decade for CNN and NBC News. She was born to Afghan parents in West Germany and was raised in the United States. Her first book for teens was the powerful The Secret Sky, about forbidden romance between different ethnic tribes in Afghanistan. Her second novel is the critically praised A Land of Permanent Goodbyes.

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