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The Ambassador's Wife

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The Ambassador's Wife by Jennifer Steil
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Jun 14, 2016 | ISBN 9780804171465

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“A novel of love, deception and consequences. . . . Richly imagined. . . . Harrowing and brilliant.”
     —The Seattle Times

“Thrillingly suspenseful and deeply sensuous. . . . Steil deftly conducts us into the private and public rooms of the diplomatic world, the complicated aspirations of modern young women living behind the veil, the unfolding of a very private love story—and best of all, into the consciousness of the fiery and idiosyncratic artist who becomes the ambassador’s wife. Captivating, unforgettable.”
     —Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander
“Cultural binaries fuel this well-plotted, gripping novel.”
     —The New York Times Book Review

“Beautifully written. . . . Descriptions of [Miranda’s] artistic life signal Steil as a masterful storyteller from the book’s first pages.”
     —Nashville Scene

“A multilayered novel that provokes discussion but also entertains.”
     —Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

“While the story may resonate in a special way for the wanderers among us, this book is for every reader looking to disappear into a well-crafted and winding story. . . . [Steil has] a gift for writing inner conflict just as engaging as the visible kind.”
     —Chicago Literati

“A gritty and ground-level thriller by an author who is herself the wife of a diplomat,”
     —Literary Hub

“[An] excellent debut novel . . . packed with ample suspense to keep the pages turning.”
     —Publishers Weekly

“A fast-paced novel of marital love and the bonds of women’s friendships against the backdrop of intrigue in the Middle East.”

“Jennifer Steil’s memorable heroine confronts the confines of privilege, the fear of death, the temptations of the white savior complex, and the limits of cross-cultural connection in this detailed, thoughtful debut.”
     —Joy Castro, author of Island of Bones

The Ambassador’s Wife illuminates a very intimate, and feminine, face of terror. Jennifer Steil has lived among artists, journalists, diplomats, and women desiring empowerment in one of the most terror-ridden corners of the Middle East. This is a story only she can tell, and she does so with great clarity, phenomenal insight, and wondrous grace. The rarest of books, this is a thriller about the heart.”
     —Moira Crone, author of The Ice Garden

“Be warned: once you embark on this hypnotic magic carpet ride of a book, you won’t be able to stop. Jennifer Steil is a modern-day Scheherazade, who seamlessly weds lyricism, mystery and a reporter’s eye for detail. The Ambassador’s Wife is as deeply compassionate as it is thrilling.”
     —Jillian Lauren, author of Some Girls: My Life in a Harem

“An extraordinarily timely tale, completely gripping. . . . So much of the background, too, was familiar to me as a diplomat’s wife. I loved the book. I wish I had written it!”
     —Brigid Keenan, author of Diplomatic Baggage: The Adventures of a Trailing Spouse

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