The Flying Carpet of Small Miracles: A Woman's Fight to Save Two Orphans

Diane Mott Davidson, Author Morrow $25.95 (323p) ISBN 978-0-06-134813-6

Lebanese journalist Jabber covered the U.S. invasion of Baghdad for the Sunday Telegraph along with her husband, British photographer Steve Bent. Western educated, Arabic speaking and Muslim, Jaber brings a special perspective to the Iraq War, focusing on the lives of ordinary citizens, especially women, and the story soars as she captures the mood of the city waiting for the inevitable bombs: “the joyous frequency of wedding celebrations... showed that Baghdadis sensed sorrow might not be far away.” In the midst of a city torn by sectarian violence, Jaber is instructed to find a poster child for a London charity campaign, specifically a wounded girl, between one and five, whose parents had died and whose face was unscathed. Going from hospital to hospital, she meets her destiny in a three and a half year old terribly burned girl, Zahra, who with her infant sister, Hawra, are the only survivors of a bomb that killed her entire family. Jaber uses the war and these children to frame her personal sadness at not being able to conceive her own children, and the essence is an unusual portrait of a successful professional woman who gets close enough to her subjects to question her life and her choices. (June)

Reviewed on: 04/19/2010
Release date: 04/01/2009
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