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HOMES

Abu Bakr al Rabeeah
Winnie Yeung

  • Original Title: HOMES
  • Publication date: May 2018
  • Publisher: FreeHand Books
  • Country: IQ
  • 224 print pages
  • Factual/Memoirs

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  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: Iraq, Syria
  • Themes: FAMILY, Childhood, PEOPLE facing life, Looking back on one's life, Death, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Exile, Survival, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Terrorism, War and other conflicts, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Friendship

Pitch

A memoir that starts in 2010, when the al Rabeeah family leave their home in Iraq in hope of a safer life. They move to Homs, in Syria - just before the Syrian civil war breaks out. Abu Bakr, one of eight children, is ten years old when the violence begins on the streets around him.

Comments

Finalist for the 2019 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.
Finalist for the Governor General's Award for English-language non-fiction at the 2018 Governor General's Awards
Selected for the 2019 edition of Canada Reads

The book was self-published in 2016, before being picked up for commercial republication.

Abu Bakr al Rabeeah is a Canadian writer, originally from Iraq.

Winnie Yeung is an English teacher from Canada. This is her first book.

Summary

In 2010, the al Rabeeah family left their home in Iraq in hope of a safer life. They moved to Homs, in Syria - just before the Syrian civil war broke out.

Abu Bakr, one of eight children, was ten years old when the violence began on the streets around him: car bombings, attacks on his mosque and school, firebombs late at night. Homes tells of the strange juxtapositions of growing up in a war zone: horrific, unimaginable events punctuated by normalcy - soccer, cousins, video games, friends.

HOMES is the remarkable true story of how a young boy emerged from a war zone - and found safety in Canada - with a passion for sharing his story and telling the world what is truly happening in Syria. As told to her by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah, writer Winnie Yeung has crafted a heartbreaking, hopeful, and necessary book that provides a window into understanding Syria.

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  • Author’s biography

    Abu Bakr al Rabeeah is a Canadian writer, whose memoir HOMES: A Refugee Story, cowritten with Winnie Yeung, was published in 2018. Originally from Iraq, Al-Rabeeah moved with his family to Homs, Syria in 2010 to escape persecution due to their status as minority Sunni Muslims, but were soon forced to move again due to the outbreak of the Syrian Civil War. He and his family have lived in Canada since 2014, and Yeung was his English as a second language teacher at the time he began to consider writing the book. The book was self-published in 2016, before being picked up for commercial republication. It was a shortlisted finalist for the Governor General's Award for English-language non-fiction at the 2018 Governor General's Awards, and for the 2019 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. It was selected for the 2019 edition of Canada Reads.

    Winnie Yeung is an English teacher from Canada. She published her first book, HOMES, with Abu Bakr al Rabeeah, in 2018. The book is an account of al Rabeeah's experience as a young boy in Syria during the civil war and his family's journey to safety in Canada. It was a finalist for the 2018 Governor General's Literary Award for nonfiction.