Campaign successfully funded on: 13 May,2014
Through true stories that I collected from letters, pictures and memories, I wrote a story that parallels the lives of my two grandmothers, my mother and myself… a story about women in their twenties: their priorities and worries, a war that has plagued my country for decades, religion, immigration, family and of course, love. A story of three generations that spans from 1949 to this day, from Beirut, to New York, Paris and Cairo.
Farida was born in Damascus in the early 30s and moved to New York City when she got married at 22 years old, not speaking a word of English. Dolly was practically the same age, but she was born and raised in Beirut in a strict Orthodox Christian home. She fell love with Tony when she was 18 years old, and for 7 years they wrote each other love letters, between Beirut and Cairo, where he lived. Ryma was a young adult in the 70s, during the heart of the Lebanese civil war. She was a Sunni Muslim, and she was in love with Naji, a Christian who lived on the other side of the green line. And then there’s me, the product of their love. A girl in her late 20s trying to find out who she really is. I moved to New York to write a book –with no work permit, no money, and no plan, only a couch to crash on and these stories to write.
What We Need & What You Get
Here's why I need money: I quit my job as a journalist a few months ago so I could move to New York and write this book. I've been living off my savings, because I chose to do this as an investment in my dream and a story I believe in. I need time to finish the book, and eventually present it to publishers. The money I raise will help me by giving me the time I need, and to get the first few thousand copies out and on sale.
I've been writing a blog for years, beirutrhapsodies.blogspot.com, and my readers and followers have expressed gratitude and loyalty to my words, beyond anything I could have wished for. I write simply, honestly and directly, and it seems my readers appreciate that. Telling stories to the world is the oldest, most efficient way to make an impact, to touch someone deeply and to make them wonder.
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