A girl scarred by her past. A refugee mother uncertain of her future. Five little girls who brought them together. After nearly dying of breast cancer in her 20s, Sarah Thebarge fled her successful career, her Ivy League education, and a failed relationship on the East Coast and started over in Portland, Oregon. She was hoping to quietly pick up the pieces of her broken life, but instead she met Hadhi and her daughters, and set out on an adventure she’d never anticipated. Hadhi was fighting battles of her own.
A Somali refugee abandoned by her husband, she was struggling to raise five young daughters in a culture she didn’t understand. When their worlds collided, Hadhi and the girls were on the brink of starvation in their own home, “invisible” in a neighborhood of strangers. As Sarah helped Hadhi and the girls navigate American life, her outreach to the family became a source of courage and a lifeline for herself. Poignant, and at times shattering, Sarah Thebarge’s riveting memoir invites listeners into her story, finding connection, love, and redemption in the most unexpected places. This audiobook contains adult language.
©2013 Jericho Books (P)2013 Oasis Audio
Which came first... the books or the glasses?
Sarah Thebarge tells her personal story of cancer survival and unconditional love for a refugee family. Her memoir is well told with frankness and humor. Very empowering for those going through a traumatic illness and those who are not. Will especially resonate with women - a story of how you can find strength in yourself, you can be enough without needing a man to complete you.
They chose a good voice to be the main character
When Libya had cancer again and she was so angry at everything, at God..and asked Sarah why did this happened and truly expected an answer. I felt this way about my childhood and about all the violence and hatred happening in the world right now.
I am not done with the book yet..but I hope to find some peace within myself about the world when I'm done. I hope Sara would be able to show me that we don't really need to ask God "why?"
Also, I am surprised to have been wrong about what the title is actually referring to and it made me feel more blessed to have a different perspective.
I was surprised by how hard it was to put this down - beautifully written, full of insights and deep emotions ... Without being sappy and emotional.
Say something about yourself!
I loved this book. Couldn't get enough of it and can't wait for next one. Inspiring. Four more words. Loved.
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