The trajectory of Zahra Al-Harazi's life defies all expectation. In this electrifying memoir, which takes readers from rural Yemen to cosmopolitan Toronto, Zahra describes how she survived two civil wars, the loneliness of marriage at 17 to a virtual stranger and years as a young stay-at-home immigrant mother with little education-and how she then became one of Canada's most successful female entrepreneurs. Born in Uganda, Zahra has throughout her life existed between disparate worlds, struggling to find her own way while negotiating religion and belief, freedom and doing what is expected, East and West, family and desire, love and honour, despair and gratitude, war and war again-as well as the line being a good mother and a bad one. With courageous honesty and warmth, Zahra recounts how it was only by breaking other people's rules-time and time again-that she found the strength to live by her own. Zahra and her family's incredible story is both inspiring and encouraging in a time when we must ask ourselves what the meaning of home is for people without a country, for families who live and love, as so many do, somewhere in between.
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