Two Sisters: A Father, His Daughters, and Their Journey into the Syrian Jihad

Category: Book
Translated By: Kinsella, Sean
By (author): Seierstad, Asne
Subject:  NON-FICTION / General
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Radicalism
  RELIGION / Islam / General
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Islamic Studies
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
Published: April 2018
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 432
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in
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The riveting story of two sisters' journey to the Islamic State and the father who tries to bring them home

Two Sisters, by the international bestselling author Ã…sne Seierstad, tells the unforgettable story of a family divided by faith. Sadiq and Sara, Somali immigrants raising a family in Norway, one day discover that their teenage daughters Leila and Ayan have vanished-and are en route to Syria to aid the Islamic State. Seierstad's riveting account traces the sisters' journey from secular, social democratic Norway to the front lines of the war in Syria, and follows Sadiq's harrowing attempt to find them.

Employing the same mastery of narrative suspense she brought toThe Bookseller of KabulandOne of Us, Seierstad puts the problem of radicalization into painfully human terms, using instant messages and other primary sources to reconstruct a family's crisis from the inside. Eventually, she takes us into the hellscape of the Syrian civil war, as Sadiq risks his life in pursuit of his daughters, refusing to let them disappear into the maelstrom-even after they marry ISIS fighters.Two Sisters is a relentless thriller and a feat of reporting with profound lessons about belief, extremism, and the meaning of devotion.

Review Quote*Praise for One of Us " One of Us is a masterpiece of journalism, a deeply painful chronicle of an inexplicable and horrifying attack that we'll likely never understand . . . [A] brilliant, unforgettable book." -Michael Schaub, NPR
Biographical Note

Ã…sne Seierstad is an award-winning Norwegian journalist and writer known for her work as a war correspondent. She is the author ofOne of Us: The Story of a Massacre in Norway-and Its Aftermath,The Bookseller of Kabul,One Hundred and One Days: A Baghdad Journal,Angel of Grozny: Orphans of a Forgotten War, andWith Their Backs to the World: Portraits of Serbia. She lives in Oslo, Norway.

Seán Kinsellawas born in Ireland and holds an MPhil in literary translation from Trinity College, Dublin. He lives in Norway with his family.