The long tale of tears and smiles is a beautiful memoir written by Rana Bitar. It all begins with Rana growing up in Damascus, Syria becoming an oncologist. She then fails to secure a visa to study medicine at one of her chosen schools in the U.S. This does not stop her though from pursuing her dream; she still moves and continues her education.
Rana lets us in her life and memories, letting us know about the patients she meets and the relationships she builds with them. You are instantly driven into the dynamic of her tale. Her personality is strong, and you get to enjoy this strong woman navigating through her troubles, triumphs, and successes.
What I particularly liked about the book was how Rana found meaning in her own life and existence through all the loss, devastation, and grief.
I recommend this book to those who like to read memoirs that make you think.