A Thousand Veils
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When Fatima Shihabi, an Iraqi poet and journalist, learns she is marked for death by Saddam Hussein's secret police, she flees Iraq, evading Saddam's helicopters hunting her in the desert, only to discover that no other country will grant her asylum. Her flight from Saddam's vengeance, and the extraordinary efforts of Charles Sherman, a Wall Street lawyer, to save her life, is the subject of this gripping novel, inspired by a true story. How Fatima and Charles, bound by their common humanity, love for each other, and fate, manage to thwart Saddam and achieve redemption sends a powerful message to the post-9/11 world. Their story points the way toward eventual reconciliation and synthesis between Islam and the West. D.J. Murphy is a retired international lawyer, whose practice included representation of refugees seeking asylum in the United States. The author contributes ten percent (10%) of net royalties derived from this book to the United Nations High Commission on Refugees.
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Aug 20, 2009"A Thousand Veils by D.J.Murphy" Janet Robertson This is one of the best books I've read in years. It tells a fascinating tale, in beautiful prose and, here and there, poetry as well. I've given A Thousand Veils to several friends and they have all had the same enthusiastic reaction. One of my neighbors dropped by on New Year's Day to say she hadn't gone out the night before, but instead curled up by the fire to finish the last (extremely exciting) chapters of this wonderful book. We all agree that A Thousand Veils is a page-turner that at the same time gives the reader important insight into cultural differences between East and West.
Nov 24, 2008"A Thousand Veils spells reading pleasure" With A Thousand Veils, D. J. Murphy provides us with a stunning scenario that allows us to occupy a front row seat as the life of Fatima Shihabi, poet-journalist and reluctant dissident unfolds. Witness to the oppression of her fellow countrymen and personal victim of Saddam's secret police, Fatima knows that she a marked woman. Should she abandon her child, place her family in jeopardy and flee her country in order to save herself? Once safe, how will she be able to rescue her daughter? Can her brother, Omar, a U.S citizen and professor at Columbia University obtain the help she so desperately needs? A multitude of questions, all requiring answers. Eventually Fatima concludes that she must temporarily abandon her daughter, and flee her homeland to seek asylum, something most countries are hesitant, if not unwilling, to grant an Iraqi citizen in the politically charged atmosphere of a post 9-11 world. Enter Charles Sherman, high... More > powered New York attorney and a man intensely haunted by the memory of a fateful September morning. His mission: to navigate the bureaucratic waters of international law and find a country in the world willing to provide sanctuary to this woman and, ultimately, to assist her in the rescue of her child . So begins this powerful and enlightening account of a man and a woman, separated by cultural, historical and religious differences, who, through a sharing of their painful life experiences learn to put aside individual prejudices and beliefs and come to appreciate and accept each other as they work together to achieve their common goal. This fictionalized account is based upon actual events and provides the reader with a new perspective of not only the violence in the Middle East and the events that are daily shaping our ever changing world, but also furnishes insight into the knowledge and persistence required to navigate the paperwork maze called political asylum. It is obvious that Mr. Murphy has drawn on his legal expertise and personal experience as a human rights lawyer as he adroitly leads us through this explosive political minefield of a tale; the culmination of which leave us with an unsettling and incontrovertible understanding that freedom comes at a substantial cost, and not all of that cost is monetary in nature.< Less
Dec 19, 2007""A Thousand Veils" by D. J. Murphy" I found "A Thousand Veils" to be entirely refreshing, rich in detail, and especially germaine to today's situation in the Middle East and Iraq. Mr. Murphy's superb use of desciptors, his development of the protagonist and the other characters absolutely grabbed me as I got into this down-on-the trenches adventure. Based on Mr.Murphy's first hand experiences in the region, "A Thousand Veils" gave me a very human perspective on the impact of the Iraq war, an impact that is hard to get from reading the daily dispatches. But the book is much more than that. The characters come alive as the plot thickens. It becomes a hard core adventure as you get into it, a real page turner. I wonder just how many of the adventures are truly fictional. I'd bet many are based on the writer's own experiences. I hope an interviewer will be able to get this out of Mr. Murphy one of these days, the sooner the better. Dick Hagen,... More > Fort Collins, CO USA< Less
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- D.J. Murphy (Standard Copyright License)
- D.J. Murphy
- January 24, 2008
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.47 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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