Fifteen years ago, Krista Bremer would not have been able to imagine her life today: married to a Libyan-born Muslim, raising two children with Arabic names in the American South. Nor could she have imagined the prejudice she would encounter or the profound ways her marriage would change her perception of the world. But on a running trail in North Carolina, she met Ismail. He was passionate and sincere and he loved adventure as much as she did. From acquaintances, to lovers, to a couple facing an unexpected pregnancy, this is the story of two people-- a middle-class American raised in California and a Muslim raised by illiterate parents in an impoverished Libyan fishing village, who made a commitment to each other without forsaking their own identities.
Profoundly moving and often funny, My Accidental Jihad ($24.95) is a meditation on tolerance that explores what it means to open our hearts to another culture and to embrace our own. It is Krista Bremer's unexpected struggle to reach beyond herself, her accidental Jihad.
Krista Bremer is an American author whose award-winning essays have appeared in national and international magazines and news outlets including O: The Oprah Magazine, CNN, MSN, More, The Sun, and The Sunday Times. Her work has been featured on National Public Radio, and she has appeared in the PBS series Arab American Stories. In 2009 she was one of six American writers to receive a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, a $25,000 prize to support emerging women writers in the United States. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a North Carolina Arts Fellowship, and a scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference.
"Utterly absorbing . . . A beautiful book." --Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild
"A bold piece of writing (and thinking) by an incredibly brave woman." --Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love