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Books about refugees

Fiction books for adults

Dark Moments (2016)

By A. S. Napoli

Sometimes the healing only begins when you come across others in worse situations than your own.

U. S. war correspondent Chuck Jennings suffers from burnout and depression. He has reached his breaking point. It takes a chance meeting with a stranger to coax him back to life.

Fate intervenes to unite their troubled souls, but are they really kindred spirits? They find out as they wade through the detritus of the illegal Rohingya refugee campin Bangladesh. There, they discover the healing process begins when they battle their demons by getting in touch with their emotions.

Black Rock White City (2016)

By A.S. Patric

Black Rock White City is an essential story of Australia’s suburbs now, of displacement and immediate threat, and the unexpected responses of two refugees as they try to reclaim their dreams. It is a breathtaking roar of energy that explores the immigrant experience with ferocity, beauty and humor.

Under the Persimmon Tree (2005)

By Suzanne Fisher-Staples

This widely acclaimed novel explores the relationship between a young American woman and an Afghan girl, Najmah, who is all alone in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. The story follows Najmah’s perilous journey through the mountains in search for safety and refuge in Pakistan.

Good Muslim Boy (2015)

Osamah Sami
Meet Osamah Sami: a schemer, a dreamer and a madcap antihero of spectacular proportions whose terrible life choices keep leading to cataclysmic consequences … despite his best laid plans to be a Good Muslim Boy. This book is a hilarious and heartbreaking memoir of loss, love and family. It’s about what we’ll do to live up to expectations – and what we must do to live with ourselves.

A Thousand Splendid Suns (2007)

By Khaled Hosseini

Set against the backdrop of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the rise of the Taliban, this novel follows the intersecting stories of two Afghan women. It provides an insight into the lives of women in Afghanistan under the Taliban regime.

The Kite Runner (2003)

By Khaled Hosseini

This novel tells the story of the friendship between Amir, the son of a wealthy Pashtun merchant, and Hassan, the son of a Hazara servant. It follows the flight of Amir’s family from Afghanistan in the wake of the Soviet invasion and the persecution of Hazaras under the Taliban.

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