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From Publishers Weekly Journalist and foreign correspondent O'Donnell dexterously combines the tumultuous accounts of two Englishwomen living in Iraq with first-person narratives to create an impartial tale about life in Mosul, a mixed-religion city northwest of Baghdad. In the late 1970s, Pauline and Margaret, the British wives of an Iraqi heart specialist and future Mosul University president, respectively, assimilated into daily Middle Eastern life by learning to adapt to overbearing extended families, complying (or not) with secular rules and dejectedly tolerating meals of mutton. By degrees, over the next two decades, Saddam's iron hand tightened; Iran and Kuwait were invaded, while censorship, food rationing and international sanctions ensued. In 2003, Mosul crumbles, and the lives of these Englishwomen become attuned to air raids, bombs and the shudder of explosions. O'Donnell's emotional narrative examines Iraqi life in its entirety and shows that there is more to the country than violence and war. She chronicles friendship and family with stories about everyday life. A thorough look into Iraqi's past and present, O'Donnell's tale adds a human element to the developing history of a turbulent nation. (Aug.) Copyright ? Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Read more Review 'A clear-eyed documentary of the tragedy of being born an ordinary Iraqi.'? ?Hugh Pope, author, Sons of the Conquerers: The Rise of the Turkic World and Turkey Unveiled: A History of Modern Turkey'This fine book, gracefully written, helps humanize the war in Iraq, Too often that horrific conflict can become so overwhelmingly grimy as to seem abstract. High Tea in Mosul helps bring that story down to earth.'? ?Christian Parenti, author,?The Freedom: Shadows and Hallucinations in Occupied Iraq'A fine writer and a brave woman. She has a powerful story to tell.'???Roger Alton, editor, The Observer'A powerfully engaging story.'? ?Chicago Sun-Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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