The Ungrateful Refugee

The Ungrateful Refugee

What is it like to be a refugee? It is a question many of us do not give much thought to, and yet there are more than 25 million refugees in the world. To be a refugee is to grapple with your place in society, attempting to reconcile the life you have known with a new, unfamiliar home. All this while bearing the burden of gratitude in your host nation: the expectation that...

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Title:The Ungrateful Refugee
Author:Dina Nayeri

The Ungrateful Refugee Reviews

  • Catapult

    In her first work of nonfiction, winner of the 2018 UNESCO City of Literature Paul Engle Prize Dina Nayeri—an author whose “exploration of the exile’s predicament is tender and urgent” (

    )—examines what it means to be a refugee through her own story of childhood escape from Iran, and through the stories of other refugees and asylum seekers.

  • Rhonda Lomazow

    Dina Nayeri has written an open raw book a book that reveals what itbis like to be a refugee.She shares with us her life as a refugee from Iran and the experiences of refugees from other countries.In today’s climate this is an enlightening real look at what it takes to escape your country your homeland and adjust to a new life new world.Highly recommend this thoughtful revealing book a look at a world I knew nothing about thanks #edelweiss #catapultpublishers for my advance copy.

  • Dina

    Thanks to Edelweiss for the review copy. I know it took me a while to finish it but the subject matter could be hard to read at times. I love Nayeri’s style of writing. I enjoyed learning more about this author. I learned a lot about what all refugees go through.

  • Lisa

    Interesting blend of memoir, narrative, and rhetoric, this takes a hard look at the experience of refugees and the mythology around immigration. There are a lot of tools in Nayeri's toolbox here, and she makes use of them well.

  • Cindy

    May 15, 2019


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