Hope & Despair
Author: Monia Mazigh
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Price: $34.99 (Hardcover)

Maher Arar didn’t make it home to Canada from a family vacation in Tunisia in 2002.

In Hope & Despair, Arar’s wife Monia Mazigh recounts discovering he’d been detained on suspicion of ties to al-Qaida, his deportation to Syria and subsequent torture. Mazigh relives that time in unrelenting detail: She raised their two children alone, struggled with the Canadian government and worked tirelessly for a reunion.