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Love in a Torn Land: Joanna of Kurdistan: The True Story of a Freedom Fighter's Escape from Iraqi Vengeance

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As a young girl living in Saddam Hussein's Iraq, Joanna al-Askari had a dream: to fall in love with a Kurdish freedom fighter and join the battle for Kurdish independence.

In Love in a Torn Land, bestselling author Jean Sasson tells the remarkable true story of how Joanna lived that dream, surviving nightmarish struggles in pursuit of love and her cherished goal of freedom for the Kurdish people.

Raised in Baghdad by an Arab Iraqi father and a Kurdish mother, Joanna spent a childhood filled with fear and uncertainty under the brutal Baathist regime, tempered by joyful summers spent with family in Kurdistan. She shares the girlish excitement of meeting a dashing young Peshmerga fighter at age fifteen, which began a campaign for love that would prove almost as consuming to Joanna as her dream of Kurdish freedom. She also recounts the gritty details of life as a young Peshmerga wife in Kurdistan during the darkest days of the Iran-Iraq War: the horror of being temporarily blinded from a gas attack by Saddam's forces, the terror of dodging Iraqi patrols as she and her husband tried to flee to safety, and the desperate search for a missing relative in an Iranian refugee camp.

Again and again, Joanna meets defeat with determination and faces hardship with hope as she navigates the dangers of an Iraq filled with informers, midnight raids, secret police interrogations, and barbaric prisons. Through her eyes and her love for her husband, the splendid world of Kurds and Kurdistan comes alive. From the breathtaking beauty of the mountains and colorful flowers dotting the roadside to feasts, singing, and dancing, Love in a Torn Land offers a captivating portrait of an amazing land and a fascinating culture. Gripping and inspiring, Joanna's tale of tragedy and triumph is a moving testament to the power of love, the strength of the human spirit, and an unflagging will to prevail against the odds.

Synopsis:

In this incredible true love story, bestselling author Jean Sasson shares Joanna al-Askari's personal journey of fear and fortitude through a Baghdad childhood and life as a Kurdish freedom fighter during the Iran-Iraq War. Inspiring and unforgettable, Love in a Torn Land shares Joanna's passionate and unflagging determination to survive and fight—for love, life, and the freedom of her beloved Kurdistan.

Synopsis:

" You are in every page I turn

In every word I write

All the birds here chant your name.

I am nothing without you."

When Joanna al-Askari read these wonderful words from the man she loved, little did she know what joy—and challenges—would await her when she joined him in marriage and in the fight for Kurdish independence.

While Iraq is everywhere in today's headlines, the story of the Kurdish people and their struggle for survival under Saddam Hussein is one that has remained largely untold—until now. In this incredible true love story, bestselling author Jean Sasson shares Joanna's personal journey of fear and fortitude through a Baghdad childhood and life as a Kurdish freedom fighter during the Iran-Iraq War. From the threat of Iraqi patrols and raids to chemical attacks and bombings, Joanna reveals how she and her husband survived extreme physical danger as they made their way through Kurdistan's perilous mountains and beleaguered villages to seek temporary safety in Iran.

Inspiring and unforgettable, Love in a Torn Land shares Joanna's passionate and unflagging determination to survive and fight—for love, life, and the freedom of her beloved Kurdistan.

Praise for Princess: A True Story of Life behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia

"Absolutely riveting."

People

"Must reading."

USA Today

"Shocking, candid, . . . sobering, and compassionate."

San Francisco Chronicle

"Consistently gripping. . . . In Sasson's telling, Sultana's story is a fast-paced, enthralling drama, rich in detail."

Publishers Weekly

About the Author

JEAN SASSON, a writer and lecturer, is the author of seven books, five of which are international bestsellers; two of them, Princess: A True Story of Life behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia and The Rape of Kuwait, are New York Times bestsellers. She has appeared on Oprah, the Today show, 48 Hours, CNN, and NPR. She is currently living in the Middle East.

Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Map of Modern-Day Iraq and Iran.

Prologue.

PART ONE: Childhood.

1 Little Peshmerga Girl.

2 Martyrs Hill.

3 Sprinkled by Stardust.

4 Baathist Terror.

5 Ra'ad and Hady Return.

PART TWO: Joanna Grows Up.

6 Death.

7 My Mother and My Father.

8 Love in a Torn Land.

9 War.

10 The Trenches.

11 Ra'ad Leaves Us.

12 The End of Hope.

13 The Secret Police.

14 Love Letters.

PART THREE: Love and Tragedy in Kurdistan.

15 Love and Marriage.

16 Under the Bergalou Sky.

17 Good Kurd, Bad Kurd.

18 Chemical Attack.

19 Blinded.

20 Escape to Merge.

21 Bombed in Merge.

22 Climbing Kandil Mountain.

23 Searching for Auntie Aisha.

24 Kosha, Child of My Heart.

Epilogue: Freedom!

Where Are They Now?

Chronology of Key Events Affecting Modern-Day Iraqi Kurds.

Glossary.

Index.

What Our Readers Are Saying

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ann18, March 24, 2009 (view all comments by ann18)
Loved this book in so many ways... it broke my heart and made me cry so much, makes you realise how precious life is.
Often when im going about my busy life this book and what i read pops into my mind!
Would definitely recommend reading this book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780470067291
Author:
Sasson, Jean P
Publisher:
Wiley (TP)
Author:
Sasson, Jean
Subject:
Ethnic relations
Subject:
Iran-iraq war, 1980-1988
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Kurds -- Iraq.
Subject:
Iraq Ethnic relations.
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
World Biography
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20110601
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.36x6.38x1.17 in. 1.41 lbs.

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Product details 352 pages John Wiley & Sons - English 9780470067291 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In this incredible true love story, bestselling author Jean Sasson shares Joanna al-Askari's personal journey of fear and fortitude through a Baghdad childhood and life as a Kurdish freedom fighter during the Iran-Iraq War. Inspiring and unforgettable, Love in a Torn Land shares Joanna's passionate and unflagging determination to survive and fight—for love, life, and the freedom of her beloved Kurdistan.
"Synopsis" by , " You are in every page I turn

In every word I write

All the birds here chant your name.

I am nothing without you."

When Joanna al-Askari read these wonderful words from the man she loved, little did she know what joy—and challenges—would await her when she joined him in marriage and in the fight for Kurdish independence.

While Iraq is everywhere in today's headlines, the story of the Kurdish people and their struggle for survival under Saddam Hussein is one that has remained largely untold—until now. In this incredible true love story, bestselling author Jean Sasson shares Joanna's personal journey of fear and fortitude through a Baghdad childhood and life as a Kurdish freedom fighter during the Iran-Iraq War. From the threat of Iraqi patrols and raids to chemical attacks and bombings, Joanna reveals how she and her husband survived extreme physical danger as they made their way through Kurdistan's perilous mountains and beleaguered villages to seek temporary safety in Iran.

Inspiring and unforgettable, Love in a Torn Land shares Joanna's passionate and unflagging determination to survive and fight—for love, life, and the freedom of her beloved Kurdistan.

Praise for Princess: A True Story of Life behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia

"Absolutely riveting."

People

"Must reading."

USA Today

"Shocking, candid, . . . sobering, and compassionate."

San Francisco Chronicle

"Consistently gripping. . . . In Sasson's telling, Sultana's story is a fast-paced, enthralling drama, rich in detail."

Publishers Weekly

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