A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes

Narrated by Destiny, this heartbreaking -- and timely -- story of refugees escaping from war-torn Syria is masterfully told by a foreign news correspondent who experienced 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.In the wake of destruction, he'...

Details A Land of Permanent Goodbyes

TitleA Land of Permanent Goodbyes
Release DateJan 23rd, 2018
PublisherPhilomel Books
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

Reviews A Land of Permanent Goodbyes

  • Jaime Davis
    Absolutely phenomenal! A beautifully written, yet heart wrenching story of the struggle for survival in the war torn Middle East. Narrated by Destiny personified, this novel depicts the tragic experiences of a Syrian youth, and his determination to find a safer world for his sister. Without a doubt.......a MUST READ!Thank you to Penguin First to Read for access to an advanced reader copy!
  • Wendy Dopkin
    This book is heavy, but SO worth it. It is so powerful and well-written...Highly recommended!
  • Lucy Booth
    This book is amazing. Beautifully written. It it truly inspiring. It tells not only of Syrian refugees, but refugees in the Middle East today, as well as throughout history. I also loved how it was narrated by destiny. This put an interesting twist to the book. I honestly can say this is one of the best, if not best books I have ever read. (This book was given to me by a local book store to read and review)
  • Claire Draper
    This book made me cry. At my desk. In public. It was every bit of a lovely book that I needed this year.
  • miss.mesmerized mesmerized
    The family is at home, even if it is war outside, they still have themselves; Tareq, his younger brother Salim, the girls Farrah and Susan and the baby twins. He respected his mother Nour and his father Fayed and of course also his grand-mother. When a bomb hits their house, only Tareq and Susan can be saved, luckily their father was at work and is also alive. They decide it is time to leave the country, after such a loss, what is it that keeps t...
  • Katie B
    Tareq and his family are living in Syria, a country torn apart by war, when tragedy strikes his family. A horrific bombing claims the lives of many of his family members. Tareq and his surviving family members know the only way they can stay alive is if they leave the country they call home. But life as a refugee is no less dangerous as they make their journey from one country to the next. Told from the perspective of Destiny, this is a story abo...
  • Cathy
    I received an advance copy through First to Read and would highly recommend everyone read this book. It actually should be required reading. Narrated by Destiny, this book will open your eyes to the terrible, heartbreaking plight of the refugees from the worn torn countries in the middle east. A powerful book that I urge everyone to read.
  • Ms. Yingling
    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusTareq lives a happy life with his mother, father, grandmother, and five siblings in Syria. Things are increasingly difficult, and when his apartment building is bombed, only he and his sister, Susan, survive. Their father Fayed was not there, so relocates with the children with relatives, including Tareq's slightly older cousin, Musa. When the Daesh crack down, Fayed is on therun once again, this time with Musa. Eventuall...
  • Sandy Harris
    A LAND OF PERMANENT GOODBYES is a YA novel about a Syrian teen refugee forced to leave his war torn country and make his way to Greece and Germany. An interesting aspect is that Destiny is the narrator of the story that’s obviously been researched thoroughly. The novel will definitely stir compassion – for the plight of immigrants and refugees alike. A must read for adults as well as teens.My thanks to Penguin First to Read for the Advance Re...