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The Grief of Wisdom: A Novel
This break out novel, by Jane Hasenmueller, is the heartbreaking story of two mothers who meet after their sons die in a terrorist attack on the campus of a small university in New Mexico.
Isobel’s son, Alec, is the production manager at the public television station on the Llano University campus. Marah’s son, Raheem, is a student at the university. Radicalized by his own father, he and his father attack the small station, killing Isobel’s son, and four students. Marah is dumbfounded by her son’s actions and becomes a pariah at her work. Isobel can’t stop asking, “Why?”
Isobel seeks out Marah looking for answers, but what she finds is another mother, just like herself, grieving the loss of her son. They develop a tenuous friendship at first, but it soon deepens as they go on a quest to understand radicalization and to help other parents recognize the signs and take action.
"My idea for this book came about five or six years ago when there seemed to be widespread condemnation of Muslims. I sought to write a story that portrays two women of different faiths and cultures sharing the love they have for their sons and their grief. I hope for all people that we can begin to see more of our commonalities than our differences.
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