Maronite Family Life in Early 20th Century Lebanon, and Journey into America

By Michael Teague

Kisses from a Distance: An Immigrant Family Experience
By Raff Ellis
Cune Press, 2007, 312 pp.

“Kisses from a Distance” is an intimate chronicle of Raff Ellis’s attempt to reconstruct his family history using the letters left behind by his mother after her death in 1994. The author’s parents were Lebanese Maronites who made the journey to the United States in the early 20th century, against a backdrop of historical events of enormous significance both within Lebanon and on the global stage.


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