Two Sisters

Two Sisters

A Father, His Daughters, and Their Journey Into the Syrian Jihad

Book - 2018 | First American edition.
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The riveting true 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 Åsne 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 to The Bookseller of Kabul and One 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.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018.
Edition: First American edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780374279677
Branch Call Number: 956.910423109 Sei
Characteristics: vi, 418 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Seierstad, Åsne 1970- To søstre.


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Nov 17, 2018

Well told. Maybe more than you ever want to know. I didn’t read it all. I just wonder where the sisters are now as this part of Syria has been even more battered since 2016--this book's end.

Aug 13, 2018

I really liked this book. The author is an excellent journalist who cares deeply about the subject. She tells the tale of two young women who radicalized and joined the Islamic State in Syria. If you are interested in why someone would make such a decision, you will learn about it by reading this book.

Jun 16, 2018

A heart wrenching documentary on radicalism and its effects on a family and its community.

Apr 09, 2018

Strongly, strongly recommend this book, it should shock sane and thinking people into some type of sensible thought, much the same as young, educated women are shocked when I mention the estimated one-half million [or greater] female genital mutilation operations which have been performed in the United States of America!
If ever there was a book explaining the anti-assimilation of some people/groups [i.e., the amorality component], this is it! [Couldn't wait for the library to receive this, actually purchased this from the local book store, but of course, thanks to Jeff Bezos' Amazon, the resale value is around $1.00. I have long believed that NPR is as equally propagandistic as Fox, et cetera. Today there has been a misunderstanding, or clever ruse, confusing diversity with anti-assimilation. When those individuals and groups wish to foist their barbaric practices on the country they emigrate to, they should be banned and deported to their countries of origin. No sympathy for any of those types. Diversity is good and positive and required for progress - - but that IS NOT the same as anti-assimilation! Thought badly about everyone the family featured.]

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