The Flying Carpet of Small Miracles
An award-winning journalist on a quest to save two orphans of war.
Hala Jaber and her husband had spent ten years trying to conceive, only to resign themselves, finally, to a childless future. Instead of being consumed by grief, they threw themselves into their work as journalists, making the decision to go to Baghdad to report on the coming war.
Jaber's search for stories led her to two orphans at a children's hospital: Zahra and Hawra. She fought passionately to help them- ultimately even trying to adopt them-before discovering that there is more than one way to love and raise a child, and more than one way to be a mother.
"The beauty, courage and drama of this book absolutely floored me. Jaber finds compassion in war, love in grief and a way to mother despite childlessness. The Flying Carpet offers vital perspective on contemporary women's choices and reminds us there are myriad paths to a creative, meaningful, generative life."
"It is essential that we learn from other cultures. Recounting the traumas of war and sacrificed innocence in The Flying Carpet of Small Miracles, Hala Jaber brings us into this other world in a way that enlightens our understanding of ourselves. A moving and sober book; to be read and considered thoughtfully."
"Jaber maps the ancient roads of the human heart, where a childless woman longs for a baby of her own and embraces Baghdad's smallest victims instead. The result is a unique and haunting tale. Family, finally, is those who love us, and those we choose to love."
"Told through the eyes of a journalist and written from the passion of a woman yearning to raise a family, Jaber's account is not only the personal journey of a remarkable woman but also a worthy testimony to the suffering of a people."
"A powerful, unforgettable memoir. Jaber paints heart-breaking portraits of children who have lost everything during the Iraq war, but also of the fearless, selfless journalists, doctors, and volunteers who work at great risk to themselves to help these devestated people."
"Few women will have faced or chosen the conditions and traumas that Jaber has, but many women will understand how ferociously stretched and torn she feels. Personally moving and politically thought-provoking, Jaber's book stares down war and insists on hope."
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