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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Walk With Me, My Son: You and I Have Some Stories to Tell by Richard Asmet Awid is a look into the Lebanese migration to North America more than a century ago from a personal perspective. The author's father, Ehmid Alley Awid Amerey, was 19 years old when he left the chaotic Ottoman Empire in Lebanon behind and moved to Canada for a better life. Before coming to Canada, Ehmid was responsible for looking after a hundred goats. However, he left the simplicity of life behind with his friend Ali to become rich in Canada. From there onwards, Ehmid became Ahmed and navigated his life as a Muslim living in Canada. He starts his journey by being a peddler, opening his own business, finding love, starting a family, and living his life to the fullest. His son, Richard Asmet Awid retells the tale of Ehmid’s struggles as he built a life in a strange country and shared some valuable life lessons with his children.
It’s surprising to find out that Lebanese people have such deep roots in Canada. The narrative is smooth and so simple. It makes it easy for readers to lose themselves in the story and feel what Ehmid is going through. I am sure Ehmid worked harder than he told his son; you get the feeling that this man (a teenager at the time) worked hard just to survive the first few years in a foreign country and worked even harder to provide a better life to his children. Richard Asmet Awid has done an incredible job of making the story relatable and enjoyable at the same time. His research shows in the way the narrative is detailed. Walk With Me, My Son is entertaining as well as educational!