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Mona Al-Qesi Tells the Dramatic Story of Her Flight from Baghdad to Germany

Mona Al-Qesi and Betty Rosen announced today the release of “Angels on Her Shoulders: An Iraqi Woman’s Tale of Survival,” published by iUniverse, Inc., the leading provider of publishing technology solutions for authors.

Karlsruhe, Germany, February 28, 2008 --( Mona didn’t see it coming. Even as her husband navigated the car through the streets of Baghdad, he balled up his fist and punched her squarely in the face. Her only offense: she had stated the truth. As a woman with an independent spirit, Mona Al-Qesi comes into conflict with what society expects of her. Repeatedly abused, controlled, and degraded, she feels that her existence doesn’t deserve to be called a life.

Her love for her daughter and stepchildren gives her the strength to persevere. When the 1991 Gulf War reduces Baghdad to rubble, her personal problems pale in comparison with the struggle to stay alive. Following the bombings, and with Saddam Hussein’s reign of terror escalating, Mona and her family clandestinely resettle in Europe. Thus begins a journey filled with cultural misunderstandings, both tragic and hilarious. In “Angels on Her Shoulders,” the readers will be enlightened by Mona’s forthright descriptions of Arab culture and bolstered by her courage, as they join her and her family on this eye-opening odyssey.

Co-author Betty Rosen describes working with Mona Al-Qesi on “Angels on Her Shoulders” as “a window into another world, an opportunity to grow in tolerance and love for humanity.” Take this opportunity to gain insight into a culture vital to today’s changing world.

Mona Al-Qesi, born in Baghdad in 1965, has lived through war in many forms. She now lives in peace with her two young daughters in a small suburb of Karlsruhe, Germany. Betty Rosen grew up in New York. She currently lives with her daughter in Germany and juggles careers in the arts and computer technology. The two authors grew up in radically different worlds: different countries, different expectations, and different religions. The deepening friendship between these two so dissimilar women led to this collaborative work.

“Angels on Her Shoulders: An Iraqi Woman’s Tale of Survival”
published January, 2008 by iUniverse
ISBN 978-0-595-47037-2
328 pages
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