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Fiction | Literature and Fiction
On a sunny summer morning by the sea in New England,
Susan Ford's cocoon of privilege is threatened when an
Iraqi man from her distant past boards a plane in Baghdad to
come find her.
Mrs. Ford leads a privileged life.
From her Blenheim spaniels to her cottage on the coast of
Watch Hill, Rhode Island, she carefully curates her world.
Hair in place, house in place, life in place, Susan Ford
keeps it under control.
Early one morning in the
summer of 2014, the past pays a call to collect. The FBI
arrives to question her about a man from Iraqâ€”a Chaldean
Christian from Mosulâ€”where ISIS has just seized control.
Sammy Fakhouri, they say, is his name and they have taken
him into custody, picked up on his way to her
Back in the summer of 1979, on the outskirts
of a declining Detroit, college coed Susan meets charismatic
and reckless Annie. They are an unlikely pair of friends but
they each see something in the otherâ€”something they'd like
to possess. Studious Susan is a moth to the flame that is
Annie. Yet, it is dazzling Annie who senses that Susan will
be the one who makes it out of Detroit.
girls navigate the minefields of a down-market disco where
they work their summer jobs. It's a world filled with
pretty girls and powerful men, some of whomâ€”like Sammy
Fakhouriâ€”happen to be Iraqi Chaldeans.
in that summer of 1979 when Susan and Annie met? Why is
Sammy looking for Susan all these years later? And why is
Mrs. Ford lying?
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