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Fifteen years ago, Krista Bremer would not have been able to imagine her life today: married to a Libyan-born Muslim, raising two children with Arabic names in the American South. Nor could she have imagined the prejudice she would encounter or the profound ways her marriage would change her perception of the world.

But on a running trail in North Carolina, she met Ismail. He was passionate and sincere—and he loved adventure as much as she did. From acquaintances to lovers to a couple facing an unexpected pregnancy, this is the story of two people—a middle-class American raised in California and a Muslim raised by illiterate parents in an impoverished Libyan fishing village—who made a commitment to each other without forsaking their own identities.

It is the story of a bicultural marriage—and aren’t all marriages bicultural? In any marriage, we might discover that our mate is foreign to us, with very different language, memories, and assumptions about home and family. How we respond to difference is what shapes our families, our communities, and our world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • My Accidental Jihad is a bold piece of writing (and thinking) by an incredibly brave woman.”

    Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Utterly absorbing…A beautiful book.”

    Cheryl Strayed, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Candid and rich.”

    Good Housekeeping

  • “A beautiful account of [Bremer’s] jihad, or struggle, to find peace within herself and within her marriage.”

    Kansas City Star

  • “Bremer, associate publisher of the Sun, explores the points of connection—and potential conflict—in her marriage to Libyan-born Ismail…Bremer’s particular story strikingly highlights the (usually more mundane) cultural clashes and compromises inherent to every marriage or long-term relationship.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Readers of memoir will welcome this love story about patience and kindness and learning the importance of putting culture first.”

    Library Journal

  • “A moving, lyrical memoir…A sweet and rewarding journey of a book.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “If you’re going to bridge the distance between a Southern California upbringing and the world you enter when you marry a Libyan man, you’d better have a sense of humor, serious though your contemplations may be. Xe Sands strikes the balance between these two positions well. She moderates Krista Bremer’s wry perceptions with her sincere reflections…Sands’ calm tones connect the many realizations on Bremer’s rocky road to change and compassion.”

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About the Author

Krista Bremer is the associate publisher of the Sun magazine and the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Award. Her essay on which My Accidental Jihad is based received a Pushcart Prize. Her essays have been published in More, the Sun, and O, The Oprah Magazine, and she’s been featured on NPR and in the PBS series Arab American Stories.