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by Deborah Kanafani

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this seemed to be a look who i know. maybe it was just a piece of reporting on people you don't hear too much about in the middle east. she implied times were tough but drove a mercedes! yasir arafat's wife did seem to get a bum deal so it was interesting to see another side of her. ( )
  mahallett | Sep 3, 2014 |
no where near as good as "Leap of Faith" Interesting for ladies going through a tough divorce, may give some perspective of a "worst case" scenario. ( )
  bluesviola | Jul 5, 2008 |
insipid, shallow, why was this book published? ( )
  jeanie1 | Jun 9, 2008 |
Deborah Kanafani is a Lebanese-American who married a high-ranking Palestinian official, and close confidante of Yasir Arafat. Through their marriage, divorce, and subsequent custody fight, she met with an array of people involved with the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. During her marriage, she lived in the US with her children; when her husband seized custody of them, she moved to Ramallah in Palestine to be with them, and ironically, became much more involved Palestinian affairs than she was during her marriage. Her accounts of brave, defiant women struggling for more freedom within their culture, a better future for their people, and peace are fascinating. She became close friends with Raymonda Tawil, Palestinian activist, and her daughter Suha, controversial, independent wife to Yasir Arafat. She met Dina, the first queen of King Hussein of Jordan, as well as Toujan al-Faisal, the first Jordanian woman legislator. A unique perspective on some of the movers and shakers, as well as a heart-felt plea for compromise and peace. Kanafani includes a lengthy list of websites of organizations striving for peace between Palestinians and Israelis. ( )
  juglicerr | Dec 31, 1969 |
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To the two loves of my life, Deena and Tarik, and for my father, whose colorful life left us with more stories than we could tell in a lifetime
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Deborah Kanafani is a Lebanese-American woman, born and raised in New York. In her 20s, she was swept into the world of high-powered diplomats and dignitaries, marrying the handsome and charismatic Palestinian Marwan Kanafani, a former soccer star for the Egyptian national team who was then the director of the Arab League and who would go on to become Yassir Arafat's chief advisor. But Marwan Kanafani was a traditional Middle Eastern man, and as his wife, Deborah Kanafani was compelled to give up her friends and American sense of independence, dividing her time between Washington, DC, and the Middle East attending posh parties with world leaders but always kept on the sidelines.

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"In the early 1980s, Deborah Jacobs was an ordinary Lebanese American college student from Long Island, New York. By the end of the decade, she would bear witness to the making of international history. Her story begins in graduate school: through a series of chance encounters, young Deborah was introduced to Marwan Kanafani, a dashing former soccer star turned high-ranking Palestinian diplomat who was working at the United Nations. A political dynamo with movie-star charm, Marwan swept Deborah off her feet and into a marriage that kept her in the company of diplomats, dignitaries, world leaders, international glamour and intrigue. Although exciting, this lifestyle also isolated Deborah increasingly from her independent, American way of living, creating a rift that would end their marriage." "The story of her journey, intertwined with those of the wives of Arab leaders, takes the reader into an otherwise inaccessible and cloistered world populated by larger-than-life characters living out all-too-human dramas." "Culture, politics, and family collide in this perspective of the Middle East conflict and of the courageous women working behind the scenes for peace and challenging the patriarchal traditions of their homeland."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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