How amazing is that to see there are still people to care for one another, to understand their message, and to call it important. That’s right: writing about women, children, and men who are being oppressed is an important message and we need to keep writing about them until our voices are heard by the ones can do more.

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As an American Marine who was there in Iraq, I implore you to read this book. I was lucky to receive an advanced copy of Mojgan Azar's A Lullaby in the Desert from the Arkbound Foundation, and I wish I could give it to you right now to read with me. Mojgan carefully weaves a tapestry of so many tragic truths in her novel about Susan's fight to overcome being a woman in the Middle East, being an Iranian in Iraq, and being a human in the shadow of ISIS. Her journey takes us to places that many of us in the West have never heard of, real places full of love, life, and loss.

For those who believe refugees deserve what they daily suffer, for those who see all asylum seekers as grasping economic migrants, for those who harbour racist tendencies, possibly unconsciously, I ask that you read this story. It is told with simple truth and honesty. The book details the most horrendous events in a calm voice that leaves the unspeakable horrors and casual brutality, the daily cruelty, for the reader to experience.

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Profoundly powerful and moving, full of characters whose actions dismayed me, angered me but equally there were those who renewed my faith in humanity. 
Always on the 'wrong side'; a daughter dominated by her father, a female employee dominated by her male employer, an Iranian living In Iraq, a woman never accepted because of her nationality or gender.
The simple honesty which with the author writes of Susan's struggles, struggles that whilst fictional are surely representative of the many women living through the years which saw Da'esh (ISIS) become the rampant force, deeply humblin