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Two Sisters, by the international best-selling 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.
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By Anonymous User on 05-28-18
intriging, raw account
Raw account of family search (esp father's) for Isis-brainwashed daughters who flew to war torn Syria.
The introspection of both daughters and father is so human, so universal, it will leave you unsettled.
Great story,and narration will keep you interested such that you might listen to it twice, I did.
Shall I say-potential game changer?
I would guarantee anyone listening to this selection will be touched and left almost speechless.
Accounts of those on the ground, minute by minute, joined w broader historical overview makes for a worthwhile investment of time.