Susan Abulhawa was born to
refugees of the Six Day War of 1967, when her family was disassembled
and their land seized. She grew up in several places, including Kuwait,
Jordan and occupied East Jerusalem before coming to the United States.
She completed graduate studies at the University of South Carolina in
biomedical science and established a successful career in medical
Frustrated by biased news coverage of the plight of Palestinians, Susan
began to write op-eds for newspapers in the U.S. Her essays have
appeared in major print media, such as the New York Daily News, Chicago
Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Philadelphia Inquirer, and more.
Susan is a contributing author to two anthologies, Shattered Illusions
(Amal Press 2002) and Searching Jenin (Cune Press 2003). She is also the
founder of Playgrounds For Palestine, an NGO dedicated to upholding the
Right to Play for Palestinian children living under occupation.
The Scar of David , her first novel, is a historic fiction set in the
lap of one of the 20th century’s most intractable political conflicts.
Through the course of this story, a Palestinian boy grows up as a Jewish
Israeli who becomes tangled in a truth he cannot reconcile, and his
identity can find no repose but in the temporary anesthetics of alcohol.
A would-be suicide bomber is
given a name, a face, and life of a man pushed to incomprehensible
limits. An Arab girl of pious and humble beginnings escapes her destiny
and lives the “American Dream,” which her soul cannot bear. And a nation
of destitute refugees living under the general label of “terrorists”
emerges in the context of an unredeemed history.
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