Love is a powerful thing, but love does not conquer all. Too many Americans hold fast to the belief that love is the great equalizer. Having been raised by parents from two different cultures I can say with great certainty that the love and affection that the two people who raised me had did not offset that fact that they did not see the world in the same way and therein lay the conflict of their marriage. With that said, my parents were married for over fifty years until the death of my father in 2011, but their relationship was a roller coaster ride which often hinged on cultural differences. I share all this because The memoir My Accidental Jihad by Krista Bremer repeatedly made me reflect on my life as a child of a bicultural couple.
Although my parents cultures were not the same as the ones in this memoir the problems were very similar. Bremer writes an honest personal narrative where she bares her soul about her relationship with her husband. The author’s candidness and the refusal to avoid the uncomfortable parts of the relationship make for a compelling read.
Thank you NetGalley, Edelweiss, and Algonquin Books for the review copy of My Accidental Jihad by Krista Bremer. As always I continue to count on Algonquin to publish quality works of nonfiction and My Accidental Jihad is just another example of the discerning choices this publishing house makes.
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