A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea

A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea

One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival

Book - 2017
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"Urgently required reading." -- People
"Deeply affecting... Fleming brings a moral urgency to the narrative." -- The New Yorker
"Fleming deftly illustrates the pain of those who choose to leave Syria...and her book is ultimately a story of hope." -- Newsweek

Adrift in a frigid sea, no land in sight, just debris from the ship's wreckage and floating corpses all around, nineteen-year-old Doaa Al Zamel stays afloat on a small inflatable ring and clutches two little girls--barely toddlers--to her body. The children had been thrust into Doaa's arms by their drowning relatives, all refugees who boarded a dangerously overcrowded ship bound for Italy and a new life. For days as Doaa drifts, she prays for rescue and sings to the babies in her arms. Shemust stay alive for them. She must not lose hope.

A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea chronicles the life of Doaa, a Syrian girl whose life was upended in 2011 by the onset of her country's brutal civil war. Doaa and her fiance, Bassem, decide to flee to Europe to seek safety and an education, but four days after setting sail on a smuggler's dilapidated fishing vessel along with five hundred other refugees, their boat is struck and begins to sink. This is the moment when Doaa's struggle for survival really begins.

This emotionally charged, eye-opening true story that represents the millions of unheard voices of refugees who risk everything in a desperate search for the promise of a safe future. In the midst of the most pressing international humanitarian crisis of our time, Melissa Fleming paints a vivid, unforgettable portrait of the triiumph of the human spirit.

Publisher: New York :, Flatiron Books,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250105998
1250105994
Characteristics: 274 pages

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lindahartm52
Aug 05, 2018

Syrian conflict beginnings in 2011, family's extraordinary and horrific experience of leaving Syria and becoming refugees

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cardigramma
Mar 26, 2018

This woman's story had the potential to be incredible. The events she lived through were harrowing. Unfortunately, the writing was poor, very basic sentence structure and very dry.

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rlemms
Oct 19, 2017

Hard to put this book down! I found it to be an easy and fairly quick read, but gripping, very eye opening and heartbreaking. An insteresting story of a young woman and her experience living in and escape from war torn Syria.

kmscows Jun 30, 2017

A devastating story of Syrian refugees fleeing their beloved war-torn home and aching to go back to their country at any cost, including death.

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