Some of you will know I lost my Iranian and Muslim Mom to an aggressive form of tongue cancer earlier this year. Just as I was gaining a voice in radio, she was losing hers.
In a new novel, our next guest poignantly and aptly captures the complex relationship between a mother and a daughter during two moments in history – the Tunisian Bread Riots in 1983 and the Jasmine Revolution of 2010. Human rights advocate Monia Mazigh draws upon early memories of fear and unrest in Tunisia. Hope Has Two Daughters maps the political awakening of two women during two pivotal moments in Tunisia’s history: the 1984 bread riots and the 2010 Arab Spring.J oining me to talk about this extraordinary novel is Monia Mazigh. She was thrust onto the public stage when her husband, Maher Arar was deported to Syria where he was tortured and held without charge. She has previously published a memoir Hope and Despair, and her novel Mirrors and Mirages, was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award. I hope you’ll take a listen.