Washington Post reporter Souad Mekhennet is a German-born Muslim of Moroccan and Turkish descent, and she uses the balance between the Muslim and Western sides of her life to provide a mediating voice between these cultures, which too often misunderstand each other.
Souad’s memoir, I WAS TOLD TO COME ALONE: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad is being developed into a TV Drama and has THREE starred reviews:
“A riveting memoir and a literary bombshell that effectively eviscerates every preconception, misconception, and prejudice readers have about the Arab world, I WAS TOLD TO COME ALONE reinforces the singular significance of journalism, especially foreign journalism, at a time when it is facing its greatest challenges. Compelling, insightful, and shockingly relevant, Mekhennet’s chronicle is a must-read and nothing less than a revelation.” — Booklist, starred review
“Washington Post correspondent Mekhennet offers a spellbinding fusion of history, memoir, and reportage in this enthralling account of her personal experience as a journalist and a Muslim on assignment in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. The value of this work lies in Mekhennet’s commitment to ‘not taking any side, but speaking to all sides and challenging them.’” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
“The thrilling narrative brings up critical, persuasive insights while trying to answer the questions of where terrorism comes from and why it’s so difficult to eradicate. For readers who are interested in modern politics, the Middle East, journalism, or strong female voices.” — Library Journal, starred review
I WAS TOLD TO COME ALONE will be available from Henry Holt & Co. on June 13, 2017.