Sister of Saidnaya: A Syrian Immigrant’s Tale by Rose Ann Kalister, the latest release from Boyle & Dalton, is now available as a paperback and e-book on all major markets. This is an eye-opening read for anyone following current events, and a must-read for those who enjoy immersive stories with a strong female protagonist.
“You go we all go!” Lila said as she stepped closer to Sami.
“I can’t afford to take us and the four girls!”
“Two of them can stay behind. Mama offered to care for them. Sitto is convinced we will return. We can send for them when we’re settled.”
Nadra crept away quietly, but her heart was shouting, take me, please. She didn’t want her big sisters to be left behind, but if someone had to stay, she didn’t want to be the one.
In 1921, a young Nadra Zahir traveled by boat from the small Christian village of Saidnaya, Syria, to the ports of Boston, and on to Hedley, West Virginia. With little education, Nadra navigates an industrialized nation as a fierce immigrant woman, her potential torn between the expectations of her heritage, and the temptation of independence in the new world.
Rose Ann Kalister captures the history of Middle Eastern immigrants in the early 1920s, building a Syrian family saga into a dramatic and delightful story. Sister of Saidnaya portrays Nadra’s hopes and courage in the frequently hostile and often comical world of family and in-laws. I highly recommend this book.
—Rosalie Linver Ungar
Author of In A Heartbeat
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