"A detailed exploration of life in Baghdad filtered through the voices and memories of the Iraqi diaspora." -- Devyani Saltzman, author of Shooting Water
"A very finely written, deftly crafted work about Iraq that translates this epic disaster into human terms and makes us understand the endless suffering of its people. Touching, insightful and poignant." -- Eric Margolis, author of War at the Top of the World
"Leilah Nadir's The Orange Trees of Baghdad reminds us that Iraq is not just a war; it is a country. Lovingly woven together from inherited memory and family lore, her Iraq is infinitely more vivid, more textured, and more heartbreaking than what we see nightly on the news. In the debates about winning and losing the war, this is a book about what loss really means---the theft of history and of homeland." -- Naomi Klein, author of No Logo and The Shock Doctrine
"Leilah Nadir's insightful, searching story about her Iraqi roots, family, exile and survival, told in absorbing and moving language, reveals the great civilization now under assault and the human beings under perpetual blast, condemnation and bombardment." -- George Elliott Clarke, author of George & Rue
"The Orange Trees of Baghdad is a stunning book, the best I've read in the past year. Leilah Nadir takes us with her in her quest to meet the members of her family whose lives have been uprooted by war. In the process, we are drawn into the heart of the world's most ancient civilization. In the haunting, dreamlike pages of this book, we discover that as Baghdad is destroyed, the roots of our own deepest past are being torn asunder. Hypnotically readable." -- James Laxer, author of The Border and The Acadians
About the Author
LEILAH NADIR has written and broadcast political commentaries for the CBC, The Globe and Mail and the Georgia Straight, and a feature article in Brick magazine. She has a Master?s degree in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh and a Joint Honours Bachelor?s degree in English and History from McGill University.
--This text refers to the