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I Don't Want To Talk About Home | Paperback | By Suad Aldarra

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  • I Don't Want To Talk About Home
  • Pages: 320
  • Format: Paperback
  • Author: Suad Aldarra
  • Publisher: Doubleday Ireland
  • Publication date: 14 Jul 2022
  • Category: Memoirs / Human Migration / Belonging
  • Size: 216 x 135 x 23 mm
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I Don't Want to Talk About Home by Suad Aldarra 


'I carry my troubled homeland within me; I hide it like a crime.'

Growing up in deeply conservative Saudi Arabia, Suad Aldarra never quite felt at home. The daughter of Syrian migrants, she railed against the extreme strictures placed on women in Saudi society. When the opportunity came to study software engineering at Damascus University, she jumped at the chance for a degree of freedom she'd never known. But when the war came, everything changed. Suddenly Suad and her new husband Housam were thrown into a world of relentless pressure; first fleeing to post-Arab Spring Egypt, Suad's work as a data scientist was a saving grace that allowed her to come to Ireland as an economic migrant. Yet reaching safety came at a price...

I Don't Want to Talk About Home is not a memoir about war and destruction. It's not about camps or boats. It's about what came before and how to build a life out of the rubble. With great warmth and insight, Suad writes about those left behind, the sacrifices made, and the parts of yourself you lose when integrating into a new world and culture.


'Powerful, fascinating and deeply moving - this book pushes aside our lazy images of human migration and refugees. I loved it.' Roddy Doyle, author of Love

'Suad Aldarra possesses a rare gift to when it comes to storytelling; I literally couldn't put this book down.' Jan Carson, author of The Raptures

'Illuminating, vivid, and insightful, this is such a timely book.' Louise O'Neill, author of Idol

'This is a heart-wrenching memoir. Suad's courage, resilience and determination to find a place she can now call home, shines through. A beautiful book that I read in one sitting.' Sinead Moriarty, author of Yours, Mine, Ours

About the Author

Suad Aldarra is a writer and data scientist based in Dublin. She was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Syrian parents. In 2003 she moved back to her family home in Syria to study software engineering. After fleeing the war in 2012 she lived in Egypt and the US, before eventually settling in Ireland. In 2021, Suad was awarded the Art Councils of Ireland English Literature bursary. I Don't Want to Talk About Home is her debut memoir.


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