Her own experiences as a refugee did little to prepare the Afghan-American young adult novelist for the disturbing realities that greeted her in Lesbos while writing her new book about people fleeing Syria
Atia Abawi, a young adult novelist, was working on a very different book when an epiphany occurred.
Sitting in her apartment with her young son, she was watching news reports of Syrian refugees on the deadly smuggling routes to Europe. Suddenly, she knew she had to write about that experience instead.
I was lucky that my parents made that hard decision. It wasn’t a decision about self, but to save the family
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