RAJA SHEHADEH is a Palestinian lawyer and writer who lives in Ramallah. He is a founder of Al-Haq, a pioneering, nonpartisan human rights organization, and the author of several books, including Strangers in the House and Palestinian Walks.
INTRODUCTION WRITER COLUM MCCANN is the internationally bestselling author of such novels as TransAtlantic and National Book Award winner Let the Great World Spin. His fiction has been published in more than 40 languages. His other honors include the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and in 2017 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts. A contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and The Paris Review, he teaches in the Hunter College MFA Creative Writing program. He lives in New York City with his wife and their three children, and he is the cofounder of the global nonprofit story exchange organization, Narrative 4.
"This short, powerful book should be required reading for anyone who has ever wondered what it's like to be an ordinary citizen living in a war zone." — Publishers Weekly
"An intimate view of living under curfew, listening to gunfire and explosions, detouring around troops and roadblocks, and having one's home searched or damaged. . . . Shehadeh is indignantly critical of Israel and does not much praise Palestinian leadership. Tragically jammed between the two are the aspirations and humiliations of nonmilitant Palestinians, which the author ably expresses." — Booklist