2019 Canada Reads Audience Choice Winner and Finalist for the 2018 Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction and the Shaugnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
In 2010, the al Rabeeah family left their home in Iraq in hope of a safer life. They moved to Homs, in Syria – just before the Syrian civil war broke out.
Abu Bakr, one of eight children, was ten years old when the violence began on the streets around him: car bombings, attacks on his mosque and school, firebombs late at night. Homes tells of the strange juxtapositions of growing up in a war zone: horrific, unimaginable events punctuated by normalcy – soccer, cousins, video games, friends.
Homes is the remarkable true story of how a young boy emerged from a war zone with a desire to tell the world what is truly happening in Syria. Writer Winnie Yeung has crafted a heartbreaking, hopeful, and urgently necessary story – as told to her by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah – that provides a window into understanding Syria.