Tuesday, November 16th, 2004
It is impossible to imagine what the Iraqi feels right now
Do you know that Aya’s grandfather was killed last Thursday by one of the American soldiers’ bullets? When Aya is eight years old and asks me how her grandfather died, what will I answer her? What do you think I should answer her? When I tell her the American soldiers killed him, of course she will ask me why and how and did I do anything about that?
The answer to her question is this post and the others. I can answer her that I did do something about it. I did what I could in that time. I wrote in my blog about what is going on in Iraq.
– Hadiya, IRAQIGIRL: DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL IN IRAQ
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IRAQIGIRL is going to print today.
At various points since Emily and I started this blog in January, I’ve mentioned cryptically that I was occupied with a project involving young adult lit that I would write about soon. But somehow I never did write about it.
Just under a year ago, Haymarket Books asked me first to weigh in on, and then eventually to edit, a submission they’d received. It was an Iraqi teenager’s blog, assembled into a manuscript by the journalist John Ross.
And today it’s off to the printer. It hasn’t quite sunk in.
The reason I never wrote about it, I think, is that I’ve been so close to it, so fixated on little details, that it was actually hard to step back and describe it. And now it’s being printed and it is finally, fully out of my hands.
More later. Including the beautiful cover (which, by the way, is not the one on Amazon; it’s better).