The Resource Stolen : escape from Syria, Louise Monaghan and Yvonne Kinsella

Stolen : escape from Syria, Louise Monaghan and Yvonne Kinsella

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Stolen : escape from Syria
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Stolen
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escape from Syria
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Louise Monaghan and Yvonne Kinsella
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eng
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Stolen
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Recounts how the author and her daughter were held captive by her ex-husband in a run-down house in war-torn Syria where they endured beatings and limited food supplies before managing a daring escape across the mountains
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  • In this intense memoir, Monahan undertakes a terrifying journey to rescue her daughter following the child’s kidnapping by her father. Their treacherous trek out of war-torn Syria into Lebanon to safety was suspenseful. But it is the staggering physical and psychological abuse Monahan suffered during her relationship with her ex-husband Mostafa that is the most disquieting aspect of her narrative. A native of Ireland and a successful sales consultant, Monahan was living in Cyprus when she met her future husband. Early on there were signs of trouble: At one point Mostafa nearly killed her—she’d discovered he had a wife and children in Syria. Still, Monahan continued the destructive relationship and acknowledged the absurdity of her actions: “It was a stupid way of looking at life, but I knew no other, so I just endured what I had to, as long as it didn’t affect my child.” Following the couple’s divorce, her ex-husband kidnapped their daughter taking her into war-ravaged Syria. Monahan bravely recounts this intimate family disaster with hopes her story will spark discussions about the rights of women in Muslim societies. (June) --Staff (Reviewed April 22, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 16, p)
  • An autobiographical account of a mother retrieving her kidnapped daughter from war-torn Syria. While the book opens with a story about her ex-husband Mostafa's abduction of their daughter, the majority of the narrative is dedicated to Monaghan's reflections on an abusive relationship and how such a relationship progressed into a marriage. "I could have ended the relationship, but I loved Mostafa," she writes. "I just couldn't see through him." After the death of her mother, the author moved from the familiarity of her relatives and home in Dublin to embrace a new start on the sunny beaches of Cyprus. She got off to a good start by establishing a strong social network and achieving a degree of financial comfort. However, her life was irreversibly changed after a chance meeting at a local nightclub with her handsome and charismatic future husband. Ignoring the initial signs of possessive behavior, Monaghan entered into an increasingly destructive relationship with Mostafa, and the author provides detailed descriptions of the verbal, physical and sexual abuse that she endured. When she finally decided to get out of the relationship, Mostafa struck his hardest blow yet by illegally taking their young daughter over international borders into Syria. With the civil war raging, Louise had to somehow gain entrance into Syria and then find a way to bring her daughter home--and she had to accomplish this daunting task with only minimal assistance from the Irish embassy and international law enforcement. Although the story is weighed down by the extraneous details of a dark relationship, this is a courageous, and ultimately engrossing, story of a woman's quest to bring her daughter back to safety.(Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2013)
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autobiography
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illustrations
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no index present
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non fiction
Target audience
adult
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Louise Monaghan and Yvonne Kinsella
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Stolen : escape from Syria, Louise Monaghan and Yvonne Kinsella
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volume
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nc
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811597549
Dimensions
22 cm.
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First U.S. edition.
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255 pages
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9781250030276
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(hardcover)
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2013010534
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unmediated
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(OCoLC)811597549

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