Where the Sun Rises

Where the Sun Rises : A story of feminine courage and friendship.

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For most, the war with ISIS plays out on a faceless global stage. For these two best friends, it's personal...

Kurdish Syria, 2014. Karin longs to fight for her freedom. Except she's forced to stay home while her brother heads into battle and ISIS advances. But when death and destruction arrive at the city gates, Karin shoulders her rifle and prepares to engage.

Roza aches for the peaceful life of a wife and mother. But when she loses her husband in the same firefight that kills her best friend's brother, her grief drives her into the female militia to defend her family. Roza's rage only grows when she discovers her close friend's sister has been captured by ISIS.

Fighting side-by-side with their fellow sisters, Karin and Roza launch a daring and potentially lethal rescue mission. But the horrors they encounter will test their commitment to the cause, and may demand sacrifices no friend should have to bear...Will the determined guerrillas put their lives on the line and win the battle for human decency?

Where the Sun Rises is a touching story of feminine courage and friendship, based on real events. If you like strong women, compassionate relationships, and untold stories of heroism, then you'll love Suzanne Strong's powerful novel.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 133 x 203 x 17mm | 349g
  • English
  • 0648673227
  • 9780648673224
  • 2,990,344

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"Where the Sun Rises is an ambitious, compassionate and powerful novel. Sensory memories accessed through scents and tastes are used brilliantly to evoke the physical strain, tenderness and revulsion of war for female soldiers in the fight against ISIS. Their story deserves a far wider readership and Strong's achievement lies in her ability to take us into their dangerous world."

Dr Toby Davidson, Lecturer, Macquarie University, Sydney.

"Strong has taken care to accurately present the reality of the lives of Kurdish women and the dramatic choices they make as fighters defending their land. The story is remarkable for the authenticity of the detailed portrayal of the geography, the intimate lives of the women fighters and the ferocity of the killing in which they are involved...Strong makes good use of the senses to convey the sounds and smells of battle and death and contrasts it with the delights of singing and dancing, the smell of freshly baked bread and the taste of goat's cheese. The extraordinary amount of research undertaken pays dividends. Recollections of peaceful days and olive groves are neatly woven into the narrative, as are the reassuring pots of tea.

Powerful and credible, Where the Sun Rises is an eye-opener to a story we rarely hear."

Dr Lynne Spender, Lecturer, UTS, Sydney.

Remarkable book that provides invaluable insights into this sad and brutal war

Every day when I watch the news, I see images of the war-torn struggles of Kurdish people as a collective group. What Suzanne Strong's powerful book Where the Sun Rises has managed to do is remarkable: she helped me get to know, care for and identify with those involved with the war on a more personal level. The main characters are women I would like to befriend and could not stop thinking about even after I finished reading the book. Through Ms. Strong's detailed writing, the reader vividly experiences the sights, smells, tastes and sounds of those regions. We learn about the political and religious conflicts that motivate an amazing group of women and the horrendous obstacles they must fight just to get bare human necessities: food, shelter, love and freedom. This novel is crucial reading for our modern world since the fighting in these regions continues.

The compassionate insights apply not only to the sad and brutal stories of these Kurdish regions and their people but extends to basically all war ravished communities throughout history. Where the Sun Rises is a classic worth reading in the canons of other great works depicting the horrors of war as well as strength of the human spirit, such as Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front and Bao Ninh's The Sorrow of War."

Arie David.
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