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on August 15, 2015
I chose this book from a course list for an undergrad liberal arts paper. I grew up playing soccer and thought, "I love soccer, and there is most likely something deeper to this story but it beats reading a biography or historical event novel." I very pleasantly surprised! This tugged on my heart strings, brought a smile to my face, a tear to my eye, and had me disgusted and appalled by various people/events throughout the book. I just finished the audio book while I was waiting for the paperback to arrive. Very well written. This story is honest, horrible and wonderful all at the same time. Many opportunities to step back and wonder: Do I think like that? How do I feel about this? What would I do if that happened?
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on July 11, 2011
Warren St. John relates the story of Luma Mufleh, a Jordanian responsible for serving the refugee community of Clarkston, Georgia. After graduating from Smith College, Ms. Mufleh decided to stay in the United States, as opportunities for women were few and far between in Jordan. As a result of this decision, her old-guard parents disowned her and she was left to fend for herself. A lifelong soccer enthusiast, she was surprised to see countless immigrant youths playing pickup games of soccer in empty lots in Clarkston. She organized a group into a team called The Fugees, pairing rigorous soccer practices with mandatory after-school classes. Managing 45 young men between the ages of 10 and 17 is no easy task, as St. John shows us thorough Mufleh's struggles to build solidarity and confidence amongst group of immigrants from all over the world. The author shows us, through first-person interviews with Mufleh, the players and their families, the tenacity and spirit of those who seek refuge from war-torn countries only to encounter difficulties in their new homes. Clarkston's mayor as well as a number of law enforcement officers and civil servants do all they can to prevent the Fugees from finding a home playing field, despite Mufleh's passionate advocacy of her charges. St. John points out how refugees' struggles in Clarkston are a microcosm of the immigrant experience as a whole. This deeply inspiring story is told artfully, in thoroughly readable prose.
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on August 22, 2017
Great book!
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on June 27, 2017
Good Read
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on April 25, 2017
School text
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on August 4, 2015
It is a wonderful story of a Jordanian woman's journey, who through forming a soccer team, pulls together refugee families. The author, a New York Times reporter, does a tremendous job of letting us meet a Southern town faced with accommodating refugees from many lands and the refugee families in adapting to a new culture.
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on November 3, 2014
This book is well-written a good way to get a high-level insight into the trouble immigrants and local natives in the United States face when placed in the same town in such a government enforced and large scale way. A great example of how one sport, one unrelenting woman, and the backlash of a scared town can do for a bunch of young kids that need nothing more than to have purpose.
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on June 25, 2017
The book has a good story and it is well written. The author wrote it in a way that is easy to understand, even with the larger words thrown in every now and then.
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on October 9, 2014
Did I really 'love' it? Tough story to love but it was exactly as advertised and gave details into the lives of the immigrants from war torn countries. The heroine of the story is an absolute giant! She perseveres against ridiculous obstacles that keep popping up (for no reason seemingly except to maintain a status quo which can't be maintained). Well worth the read
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on February 9, 2017
I thoroughly enjoyed this heartwarming, uplifting, inspirational story . Coach Luma is certainly a unique woman! Hats off to her and the boys who never gave up .
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