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What We Owe

Narrated by: Rosemary Benson
Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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A gut punch of a novel that asks us to consider: What do we pass on to our children? What do we owe those we love? And without roots, can you ever truly be free?   

Nahid has six months left to live. Or so the doctors say. At 50, she is no stranger to loss. But now, as she stands on the precipice of her own death - just as she has learned that her daughter, Aram, is pregnant with her first child - Nahid is filled with both new fury and long-dormant rage. Her life back home in Iran, and living as a refugee in Sweden, has been about survival at any cost. How to actually live, she doesn’t know; she has never had the ability or opportunity to learn.  

Here is an extraordinary story of exile, dislocation, and the emotional minefields between mothers and daughters; a story of love, guilt, and dreams for a better future, vibrating with both sorrow and an unquenchable joie de vivre. With its startling honesty, dark wit, and irresistible momentum, What We Owe introduces a fierce and necessary new voice in international fiction.

©2017; 2018 Golnaz Hashemzadeh Bonde, first published in Swedish by Wahlström & Widstrand; Elizabeth Clark Wessel (English translation). Published by agreement with Ahlander Agency AB. Published by special arrangement with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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