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When the Apricots Bloom av Gina Wilkinson

When the Apricots Bloom (utgåvan 2021)

av Gina Wilkinson (Författare)

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Titel:When the Apricots Bloom
Författare:Gina Wilkinson (Författare)
Info:Kensington (2021), 320 pages
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When the Apricots Bloom av Gina Wilkinson


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This book was a sweeping panoramic view of what living in Iraq was like during Saddam Hussein's rule. It tells the story of three women caught in the web that was Iraq during the late 1990's. Each woman is different, and each has their own heartaches and most of all their own secrets. Huda is an Iraqi woman who happens to work in the Australian embassy in Baghdad. This position gives her unusual power and influence for an Iraqi woman. Rania is also an Iraqi women, but she grew up in a privileged home as the daughter of a Sheik before the takeover by Saddam. Ally has dangerous secrets as well and she is the wife of the Australian diplomat located in Baghdad. Fate brings these three women together which eventually leads them to one common goal. Baghdad is not a safe place for many people during this time. Everyone does what they have to in order to survive and protect their families. Above all, they must keep their secrets from Saddam's brutish secret police. The book is full of twists and turns and suspense upon suspense. This is a debut novel for Gina Wilkinson so a remarkable achievement for her. She has drawn upon her own experiences as a war correspondent which makes this book authentic and a must-read for anyone who would like to know a bit more about Saddam Hussein's Iraq at the turn of the millennium. As always the cost of guerrilla warfare to women and children is much higher than we can imagine living in the western world. ( )
  Romonko | Aug 16, 2021 |
Quick, easy fun read. ( )
  KarenHerndon | Aug 12, 2021 |
The story is loosely based on the author's actual time spent living in Iran under the rule of Saddam Hussein.
The story centers around three women. One is a diplomat's wife, Ally Wilson whose husband works at the Australian embassy. Huda is an Iranian woman who is a secretary at the same embassy. Because of her work with foreigners, she is approached and coerced into spying for the secret police. She is told to befriend Ally and find out any information. However, Huda soon find herself torn between using Ally and her connection to her as a real friend.
Rania is a former friend of Huda's. She used to live a life of priviledge but all that has changed under Saddam's tyrannical rule. These three women's lives intersect when they all find themselves in precarious situations that could threaten their lives or their children's.
Well written story worth reading! I received a complimentary copy as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program. ( )
  melaniehope | Jul 10, 2021 |
A suspenseful novel told through the eyes of three different women during Saddam Hussein's rule of Iraq. This is a lovely read of friendship, trust, and loyalty. The author brings her own life experience in Iraq into this novel which adds to the realism of this novel. One of the novel's best features is the number of "What would I do moments?" Stop and think, how lucky we are here. ( )
  jtsolakos | Jul 5, 2021 |
This is a very slow pace of book, and I actually kind of loved it. It feels so perfectly fitting for the life the three women have in Baghdad. The dull slog through every day for Ally. The intolerable passing of time for Rania and Huda. The burn building just under the surface, while the face must remain impassive. Or more colloquially, like that saying about how a serenely gliding duck is paddling madly just under the surface of the water.

This brushed with some of the most painful things in life. It mentioned them, and moved on, because that's the way the women must be if they want to keep their lives. The brusque attitude towards horrors, the horrified casualness in dismissing them... it sinks in deep.

Plot was solid. Progression was slow and steady, and then the last third of the book absolutely flew by for me. No romance, just pain and love of a different kind. ( )
  Jenniferforjoy | May 1, 2021 |
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