Welcome to the New World

Welcome to the New World

Now in a full-length book, the New York Times Pulitzer Prize–winning graphic story of a refugee family who fled the civil war in Syria to make a new life in America

After escaping a Syrian prison, Ibrahim Aldabaan and his family fled the country to seek protection in America. Among the few refugees to receive visas, they finally landed in JFK airport on November 8, 2016, Election Day. The family had reached a safe harbor, but woke up to the world of Donald Trump and a Muslim ban that would sever them from the grandmother, brothers, sisters, and cousins stranded in exile in Jordan.

Welcome to the New World tells the Aldabaans’ story. Resettled in Connecticut with little English, few friends, and even less money, the family of seven strive to create something like home. As a blur of language classes, job-training programs, and the fearsome first days of high school (with hijab) give way to normalcy, the Aldabaans are lulled into a sense of security. A white van cruising slowly past the house prompts some unease, which erupts into full terror when the family receives a death threat and is forced to flee and start all over yet again. The America in which the Aldabaans must make their way is by turns kind and ignorant, generous and cruel, uplifting and heartbreaking.

Delivered with warmth and intimacy, Jake Halpern and Michael Sloan's Welcome to the New World is a wholly original view of the immigrant experience, revealing not only the trials and successes of one family but showing the spirit of a town and a country, for good and bad.

Title:Welcome to the New World
ISBN:9781250305596
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    Welcome to the New World Reviews

  • Matthew

    I have been enjoying a lot of non-fiction based or fiction based on non-fiction graphic novels lately. This falls into the first category and is a retelling of the life of a Syrian refugee family arou...

  • Dave Schaafsma

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.Based on the Pulitzer-prize winning comics journalism of NY Times reporter Jake Halpern and Michael Sloan and expande...

  • Elizabeth A

    2020 Nonfiction November Book #3.I'm an immigrant, but not a refugee, and that's an important distinction. This graphic story was initially published in the New York Times and won a Pulitzer. It's the...

  • Toya (the reading chemist)

    These are the type of stories that I hate having to rate because this is a true story based off of surviving Trump’s US as refugees from Syria.It infuriates me to no end that the United States has b...

  • Rod Brown

    On the very day Donald Trump is elected U.S. President, Muslim refugees from the Syrian civil war make their way from Jordan to Connecticut, hoping for a new and better life free from want and danger ...

  • Jen

    This book left me with no words. I wasn't really cognizant of the fact that this is a TRUE story until I got to the afterwords. All I can say is wow. It is not easy to step into someone else's shoes w...

  • Jessica Haider

    Welcome to the New World is a short graphic novel about a family of Syrian refugees who move to Connecticut. Ibrahim Aldabaan, his wife and 2 children escaped war-torn Syria via Jordan and moved to th...

  • Laura

    This is an amazing story of a family of refugees from Syria who arrive in America the day that the current occupant in the white house, won the election.It is truly a heart breaking story. There is ho...

  • Kaora

    A great look into the life of a refugee in the time of the 2016 elections, where the president coming in clearly made things very difficult for refugees. It is definitely a topic I find very important...

  • Ally

    Welcome to the New World by Jake Halpern and Michael Sloan is the coolest journalism piece I have ever seen in my life. When I first began reading, it reminded me a lot of George Takei’s ’They Cal...