The Almond Tree
So I just finished this book, The Almond Tree, by Michelle Cohen Corasanti. She is a Jewish American who wrote a story about a Palestinian boy who grows up amongst the war and terror under Israeli rule and turns every obstacle into an opportunity. It is such a heart-wrenching, honest portrayal of what Palestinians have gone through for the past 64 years. She explains in excruciating detail the harrowing journey from poverty to success.
The reason she wrote this book was to shed some light on the plight of the Palestinian people. However, as a Jewish woman, she has received a lot of negativity for writing such a story. Although she was raised Jewish, she married a Palestinian and always believed in peace. She felt the need to write this story so that she could show people what truly happens over there. Being Palestinian and having spent many summers and even lived in Palestine for a while, I can recall many of the situations mentioned in the chapters.
I urge everyone to read this book, as well as become fans of Michelle on Facebook and Twitter. She has taken a big risk in writing this book, and we owe it to her to support her endeavors. You can also download the book off Amazon for only $2.99 right now, although it is also available in paperback.
As a writer, I can recognize how much courage it takes to write about a controversial subject. I commend Michelle for all she has done to shed light on this subject. I pray that I too get the courage I need to finish my book one day despite the criticisms I may face.