Former Christian Science Monitor mid east bureau chief Ilene Prusher's new novel, just published to great acclaim in London, is part thriller, part love story. Nabil al-Amari, a Moslem English teacher in Baghdad, is cajoled into working with an American woman journalist who is desperate for a good translator amid the chaos following Saddam Hussein's disappearance. Nabil's exciting new job turns into an increasingly dangerous ride through Baghdad in an attempt to get to the bottom of a forgery scam.
For ten years Ilene Prusher was the middle east bureau chief for The Christian Science Monitor . Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New Republic, The Financial Times, The Guardian, and The Observer. She is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Journalism. She has been a guest on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, The News Hour, C-SPan's Washington Journal, and the BBC.
"A gripping debut...what makes Prusher's tale compelling is that it is told from [the fixer's] perspective - a wry cultural lens through which to observe the collision of east and west." - The Guardian
"A fascinating story which gives the texture of life in Iraq as it was lived by foreign journalists and Iraqis at the time of the invasion. It conveys a fresher sense of those years than a thousand news reports." - The Independent
"Though it pains me to say so, I can't help wondering if Nabil might have worked for me at some point." - Colin Freeman, The Sunday Telegraph
"Ilene Prusher's novel is a compelling account of the first few weeks following the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime through the eyes of a fascinating and gracefully drawn Iraqi everyman." The Financial Times