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

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118110935
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/20/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 457,498
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet 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.
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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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2007

    Outstanding Read!

    This book was captivating, educational, and highly emotional, all rolled into one. If you are interested in the history of Kurdish Iraq and love biographies BUY THIS BOOK! I stayed up until 3 am reading this book for several nights b/c I couldn't bear to go to bed and stop reading.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2007

    Captivating Story by a Great Writer

    Love in a Torn Land is a mesmerizing book that one would not put down until he/she has read it from cover to cover. Ms. Sasson's magic in vividly depicting Joanna's experiences places you in her shoes: suffer when she and her family suffer, laugh and love with her, be passionate of the plight of her people. Suddenly, you are her! The cover picture of Joanna shows off her exotic beauty. I am glad the publisher used her photograph.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2007

    eye opener

    this book is unbelievable. its so hard to think this is true.....and most of the time i was trying to convince myself it was fiction because the truth is often very hard to take in.i reccomend it to women and teenage girls. i am fifteen and my parents were sceptical about me reading it but now they see the benifit and impact it had on the way i see life. a truley captivating read!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    This was a great book.

    The courage and strength displayed in this book is amazing. So hard to believe what these people go through to have a small bit of freedom.

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