Waiting for the Rain: An Iraqi Memoir

Waiting for the Rain: An Iraqi Memoir

by Lamees Al Ethari
  • diversity
  • english-from-canada
  • memoir

An Iraqi woman in Canada recalls the ordeals of her family through three wars, cruel sanctions, and a brutal dictatorship.

In this memoir, Lamees Al Ethari traces her transition from an idyllic childhood in a large extended Iraqi family to the relative stability of family exilic life in Canada. Through memory fragments, clips of poetry, diary entries, and her own art, the author reveals the trauma of three senseless wars, a decade of dehumanizing sanctions on an innocent population, the blindness of a dictatorship to the suffering of its own people, and finally their resilience and the humanity they manage to preserve.


Lamees Al Ethari, author

Lamees Al Ethari is an Iraqi writer and artist who immigrated to Canada in 2008. She teaches in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo. She has been a Consulting Editor with the New Quarterly since 2016 and is a coordinator for the X Page, a community outreach writing workshop for immigrant and refugee women in Kitchener-Waterloo. She lives in Kitchener, ON.

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Mawenzi House Publishers Ltd

email: info@mawenzihouse.com

website: https://www.mawenzihouse.com/

rights available: World

Additional Information

number of pages: 232

publication date: 10/15/2019

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: complete manuscript