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Atia Abawi

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes

Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 2018

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A Land of Permanent Goodbyes

  • Genre: Fiction; young adult
  • Originally Published: 2018
  • Reading Level/Interest: Lexile 760L; grades 7-9
  • Structure/Length: 3 parts, 33 chapters; approx. 288 pages; approx. 6 hours, 39 minutes on audio
  • Protagonist/Central Conflict: Tareq’s life is turned upside down when most of his family dies in a Syrian airstrike. He and his remaining family know that the only way to survive is to flee. As they make the perilous journey through Turkey and Greece, Tareq must find the courage to keep going and the fortitude to survive.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Bombings; murder; drowning; war themes; death of family members; sexual assault

Atia Abawi, Author

  • Bio: Born in 1982 in West Germany to Afghan refugee parents; raised in the United States; graduated from Virginia Tech; worked as a reporter for a small Maryland news station; moved to Atlanta to work for CNN before moving on to NBC News; worked as a foreign correspondent based in Kabul, Afghanistan; fluent in Dari; reported on the US raid that killed Osama Bin Laden; has written articles for the National Review and The Huffington Post about Islam and Afghanistan
  • Other Works: The Secret Sky: A Novel of Forbidden Love in Afghanistan (2014); She Persisted: Sally Ride (2021)

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