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. -”This innocent abroad tells her story with vivid language, living
metaphor, and above all, great story-telling skill.”
— JUDITH ROCHE
Author, First Fish, First People and Wisdom of the Body
Despite obstacles set by her detractors, she persists, and her students and life in Kuwait flourish. Yet...
Despite obstacles set by her detractors, she persists, and her students and life in Kuwait flourish. Yet the traps never disappear, only multiply, as others set more for her, intent on denying what they have no desire to understand.
Told from the unique perspective of an artist, Suitcase Filled with Nails is a colorful, true, timely, rare and riveting tale about living and coping in the Middle East.
Getting There 1
Colleagues, Class, and Black-market Booze 21
More Than Homesick 49
Kiss and Kill 71
Staying the Course 109
Friends, Neighbors, and Fun 147
Outlaws and Rescue Dogs 173
The Finish Line 187
Holding On 211
Posted February 13, 2014
Ynonne Wakefield has her own specific point of view based upon years of interaction with the country of Kuwait. Like any of us, that POV is informed by who she is and what she sees and how she interprets it. This seems to be the way of all writers and I find her story of a western woman in an Arab country to be both fasinating and informative. How many western women would willingly throw themselves into a Muslim country? We should be thankful that she has brought back such a moving recollection that is both funny and chilling at the same time. Kuwait changed American policy in the Middle East and what happened there caused a chain of events that has brought us to where we are today. Ms. Wakefield's story is part of that history.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.