“I feel like I belong everywhere,” says Majid Karam ’95 from his home in Colorado. And that makes sense. Home has been nearly everywhere for Karam.
His new book, Candlelight: Bittersweet Mediterranean Memories, viscerally evokes many of those places—the childhood joy he found in war-torn Lebanon and his parents’ memories of cosmopolitan prewar Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates he experienced as a teenager, and a college student’s America.
In all the changes he faced, Karam found constant things: His mother’s love and the light people share to help others find their way. Sometimes that light is literal—such as his mother lighting the room with a candle during a blackout so her children can shower or a priest using a flashlight in a bomb shelter. Sometimes that light is figurative—like the love with which his mother and others protected children from the war. That is the thing Karam hopes the book helps spread, the light we can be for one another.