“A bold piece of writing (and thinking) by an incredibly brave woman.”
author of Eat, Pray, Love and The Signature of All Things
“Utterly absorbing… a beautiful book.”
author of Wild
“The story Krista Bremer tells— one of radical foreignness between a married couple— could be a metaphor for all committed relationships.”
author of A Girl Named Zippy
“A powerfully personal account of the courage and hard work necessary to open one’s heart and keep it that way.”
author of Seating Arrangements
“Lucid, heartfelt and profoundly humane…A Tender Struggle navigates the boundaries of religion and politics to arrive at the universal experience of love.”
—G. Willow Wilson
author of Alif the Unseen
A woman’s unexpected struggle to open her heart and grow beyond herself.
Fifteen years ago, Krista Bremer was a surfer from a secular middle-class family who dreamed of a comfortable American life of adventure, romance, and opportunity. Then, on a running trail in North Carolina, she met Ismail. Kind, sincere, and passionate, Ismail came from another world: one of eight children, he’d been raised in an impoverished fishing village in Libya. When Krista later realized she was carrying his child—and she and Ismail made the decision to become a family—she embarked on a journey she never could have imagined.
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