Krista Bremer and Ismail Suayah’s marriage seems like a
prescription for conflict. She’s originally a California girl, middle-class,
independent, with no problem questioning authority.
Ismail is the son of illiterate parents from an impoverished
Libyan fishing village, a devoted Muslim who follows his religion’s rules, rules
that sometimes seem “unnecessarily harsh,” to Krista.
Bremer, author of a new book, “My Accidental Jihad,” will be the
speaker at the Chatham County Literacy Council’s Spring for Literacy Luncheon
May 6 at Galloway Ridge at Fearrington.
The culture clash that Krista and Ismail live is writ large in
the U.S. today as Americans deal with their feelings about Islam.
What sustains the couple are the passions that unite them:
travel, running, music, poetry, and especially, good food.
“Ismail is an amazing cook,” Bremer says. The couple lives in
Carrboro with their two children.
Ramadan, the month-long Muslim observance, is “when our
differences seem the most stark,” Bremer has written. It’s not just Ismail’s required
fasting: He can’t even kiss her. She questions the rules, then wonders: “Is
love an endless feast, or is it what people manage to serve each other when
their cupboards are bare?
Tickets are $50 (of which $29 is tax deductible) and may be purchased
online at www.chathamliteracy.org. Sign in begins at 11.
Proceeds go to help Chatham County adults learn to read and write English. More information: 919-542-6424.