Sweet Dates in Basra

  • by Jessica Jiji
  • Narrated by Adriana Sevahn Nichols
  • 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Just when her family should be arranging her marriage, Kathmiya Mahmoud, a young Marsh Arab maiden, is sent from her home in Iraq's idyllic countryside to the unfamiliar city of Basra, where she must survive on her paltry earnings as a servant. Her only asset - her exquisite beauty - brings more peril than peace. Worse, her mother appears to be keeping a secret about her own mysterious past, one that could threaten Kathmiya's destiny forever.
In this lost Iraq of the 1940s, a time of rich traditions and converging worlds, Kathmiya meets Shafiq, a Jewish boy whose brotherhood with his Muslim neighbor, Omar, proves that religion is no barrier to friendship. But in a world where loss of honor is punishable by death, the closeness that grows between Kathmiya and Shafiq becomes dangerous as a doomed love takes root. When British warplanes begin bombing Iraq and the country's long-simmering tensions explode, the power of an unbreakable boyhood bond and a transcendent love must overcome the deepening fractures of a collapsing society.
Set during the tumultuous years surrounding the Second World War, Sweet Dates in Basra is the redemptive story of two very different cultures, and a powerful reminder that no walls can confine the human spirit.

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What the Critics Say

“[T]he cultural perspective and setting are a nice break from the wartime norm, as is the unexpected ending.” (Publishers Weekly)

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Couldn't finish it

Although well written and narrated - I couldn't finish it. I expected it to be more adult oriented - but I think it is better suited for an adolescent audience.
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- Dr.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-27-2010
  • Publisher: HarperAudio