Discover a love that crosses continents during special author talk

Learn the remarkable story of a 4-year-old Iraqi girl who brought together two families from different cultures and continents.

Learn the remarkable story of a 4-year-old Iraqi girl who brought together two families from different cultures and continents.

Discover how a single newspaper article connected a pair of families from across two continents and changed all of their lives forever during a very special online author talk.

Barbara Marlowe first saw 4-year-old Teeba Furat’s picture in the newspaper. Her head and hands were covered in burns after a roadside bombing in the Diyal Province of Iraq. When she saw Teeba’s eyes, she felt a pull of love that reached across cultures and continents.

Over the ensuing decade, Marlowe reached out to Teeba and her family – first, to help arrange medical care for her in the United States and, then, to offer a home.

Marlowe’s first-hand account of this amazing story forms the basis of her book, A Brave Face: Two Cultures, Two Families, and the Iraqi Girl Who Bound Them Together. The book also includes material written by Teeba and her Iraqi mother, Dunia, at key moments in their stories.

Marlowe will share her story during an online author talk hosted by Mentor Public Library at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 12. The program is free to attend and will be hosted via Zoom. Registration is required to attend. People can sign up on our website or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

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