Romcom set in CHILE (and Manchester)
The Other Half of My Soul
Location(s): Aleppo, Brooklyn
Era(s): early 21st century
Consistently receiving 5-star ratings, The Other Half of My Soul; is a gripping story about an American-born Syrian Jew from Brooklyn and a Syrian-born Shi-ite Muslim from Aleppo. The book raises profound questions about personal choices, commitments, responsibility, and the most basic truths of the human race.
Rayna is born into wealth and privilege. She is raised in a community steeped in orthodox Judaism and Syrian culture. Rebelling against an unwritten law dictating that a female does not leave her family home until marrying a man approved by her parents, Rayna breaks away and attends the University of Maryland to study journalism.
Rami is a clever and discerning eighteen year old, part of the underprivileged Shi-ite minority in his country. His family barely ekes out a living at their pastry stand in the Aleppo Souk. Al-Shahid, the Syrian-backed terrorist group, offers Rami a scholarship to study in America at the University of Maryland. He dares not refuse.
Rami and Rayna meet at college. Their strong Syrian culture quickly bonds them and the forbidden happens. They fall in love. Grappling for survival, they collide with conflicts and hatreds that divide Muslim and Jew, endure intolerance and harsh backlash from their families, and suffer under the control of an irrational terrorist leader.
Drawn from life experiences, historical events, current happenings, and actual places, The Other Half of My Soul; journeys across four continents, uncovering the barbaric behavior of humanity. In the end, the book bears a powerful message about unconditional love and the ability to defeat the hateful dictates of ideology.
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