The Ambassador's Wife
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About the Author
Jennifer Steil is the author of The Woman Who Fell from the Sky, a memoir about her experiences running a newspaper in Yemen. She lives in Bolivia, where her husband is the European Union ambassador.
--The Seattle Times "Thrillingly suspenseful and deeply sensuous. . . . Steil deftly conducts us into the private and public rooms of the diplomatic world, the complicated aspirations of modern young women living behind the veil, the unfolding of a very private love story--and best of all, into the consciousness of the fiery and idiosyncratic artist who becomes the ambassador's wife. Captivating, unforgettable."
--Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander "Cultural binaries fuel this well-plotted, gripping novel."
--The New York Times Book Review "Beautifully written. . . . Descriptions of [Miranda's] artistic life signal Steil as a masterful storyteller from the book's first pages."
--Nashville Scene "A multilayered novel that provokes discussion but also entertains."
--Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "While the story may resonate in a special way for the wanderers among us, this book is for every reader looking to disappear into a well-crafted and winding story. . . . [Steil has] a gift for writing inner conflict just as engaging as the visible kind."
--Chicago Literati "A gritty and ground-level thriller by an author who is herself the wife of a diplomat,"
--Literary Hub "[An] excellent debut novel . . . packed with ample suspense to keep the pages turning."
--Publishers Weekly "A fast-paced novel of marital love and the bonds of women's friendships against the backdrop of intrigue in the Middle East."
--Booklist "Jennifer Steil's memorable heroine confronts the confines of privilege, the fear of death, the temptations of the white savior complex, and the limits of cross-cultural connection in this detailed, thoughtful debut."
--Joy Castro, author of Island of Bones "The Ambassador's Wife illuminates a very intimate, and feminine, face of terror. Jennifer Steil has lived among artists, journalists, diplomats, and women desiring empowerment in one of the most terror-ridden corners of the Middle East. This is a story only she can tell, and she does so with great clarity, phenomenal insight, and wondrous grace. The rarest of books, this is a thriller about the heart."
--Moira Crone, author of The Ice Garden "Be warned: once you embark on this hypnotic magic carpet ride of a book, you won't be able to stop. Jennifer Steil is a modern-day Scheherazade, who seamlessly weds lyricism, mystery and a reporter's eye for detail. The Ambassador's Wife is as deeply compassionate as it is thrilling."
--Jillian Lauren, author of Some Girls: My Life in a Harem "An extraordinarily timely tale, completely gripping. . . . So much of the background, too, was familiar to me as a diplomat's wife. I loved the book. I wish I had written it!"
--Brigid Keenan, author of Diplomatic Baggage: The Adventures of a Trailing Spouse