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Love in a Torn Land by Jean Sasson

I think much can be learned by reading about other cultures and this book goes a long way toward dispelling some of the myths you might hold about Iraqis.  You won’t have to read too many pages of this book before you realize we are so much more alike than we are different and you’ll be able to feel the horror of living through bombs and war.

This is the story of Joanna Al-Askari Hussain, an Iraqi Kurdish woman, who falls in love with and marries a freedom fighter.  Joanna grows up in a life of privilege in Baghdad and without hesitation, leaves it all behind to live the life of a freedom fighter.

I highly recommend this book because I think it helps to see behind the rhetoric of our government when it talks about our being in Iraq.


August 28, 2008 - Posted by | Books | , ,


  1. Hi… This is Jean Sasson, the author of LOVE IN A TORN LAND. I was happy to see your comments about Joanna’s story… And, you have captured the essence of the books I write — it’s wonderful to share the stories of this brave women and to bring their lives to the attention of the world. You are right that we are all more alike than different — that has been my discovery as I traveled the world and met so many lovely people over the past 30 years. Happy reading! Jean

    Comment by Jean Sasson | August 29, 2008 | Reply

  2. Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

    Comment by sandrar | September 10, 2009 | Reply

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