The Ambassador's Wife

  • Title: The Ambassador's Wife
  • Author: Jennifer Steil
  • ISBN: 9780385539029
  • Page: 495
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Ambassador s Wife From a real life ambassador s wife comes a harrowing novel about the kidnapping of an American woman in the Middle East and the heartbreaking choices she and her husband each must make in the hope of
    From a real life ambassador s wife comes a harrowing novel about the kidnapping of an American woman in the Middle East and the heartbreaking choices she and her husband each must make in the hope of being reunited When bohemian artist Miranda falls in love with Finn, the British ambassador to an Arab country, she finds herself thrust into a life for which she has no prepFrom a real life ambassador s wife comes a harrowing novel about the kidnapping of an American woman in the Middle East and the heartbreaking choices she and her husband each must make in the hope of being reunited When bohemian artist Miranda falls in love with Finn, the British ambassador to an Arab country, she finds herself thrust into a life for which she has no preparation The couple and their toddler daughter live in a stately mansion with a staff to meet their every need, but for Miranda even this luxury comes at a price the loss of freedom Trailed everywhere by bodyguards to protect her from the dangers of a country wracked by civil war and forced to give up work she loves, she finds her world shattered when she is taken hostage, an act of terror with wide reaching consequences.Diplomatic life is a far cry from Miranda s first years in Mazrooq, which were spent painting and mentoring a group of young Muslim women, teaching them to draw in ways forbidden in their culture As the novel weaves together past and present, we come to see how Finn and Miranda s idealism and secrets they have each sought to hide have placed them and those who trust them in peril And when Miranda grows close to a child who shares her captivity, it is not clear that even being set free would restore the simple happiness that once was hers and Finn s Suspenseful and moving, The Ambassador s Wife is a story of love, marriage, and friendship tested by impossible choices.

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    About Jennifer Steil


    1. Jennifer Steil is an award winning American writer, journalist, and wandering expat currently living in La Paz, Bolivia Her debut novel, The Ambassador s Wife, was published by Doubleday on July 28, 2015 The Ambassador s Wife won the 2013 William Faulkner William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition Best Novel award and has received considerable critical acclaim, notably in the Seattle Times, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and The New York Times Book Review.Oscar winner Anne Hathaway has signed on to star in a television miniseries based on The Ambassador s Wife, which the Mark Gordon Company has acquired the rights to finance and produce with Hathaway.Jennifer s first book, The Woman Who Fell From the Sky Broadway Books, 2010 is a memoir about her tenure as editor of the Yemen Observer newspaper in Sana a The book received accolades in The New York Times, Newsweek, and the Sydney Morning Herald among other publications The Minneapolis Star Tribune called it one of the best travel books of the year in 2010, and Elle magazine awarded it their Readers Prize National Geographic Traveler includes the book in its recommended reading list It has been published in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Turkey, and Poland Her freelance work has appeared in the World Policy Journal, Die Welt, Vogue UK, the Washington Times, The Week, Yahoo Travel, Time, and The Rumpus.


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    1. This takes place in a fictional Muslim country, and I wondered how close to the truth were the fundamentals of the story since the author based it partly on her own experiences. Miranda is the wife of Finn, a good man and the British ambassador to Mazrooq, but we also learn much about her past before Finn swept her off her feet. Finn was her first true love of the male gender; she had come to this land to be with a woman, something that at first she thinks no one knows and then later gets her in [...]

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    2. An achievement, this book is wonderful. An engaging, often breathtaking plot, memorable characters, and a window on a culture of women foreign to me. I love the way the author uses the Arabic language and shows us how Miranda navigates the Islamic world. The character of Tazzy was so affecting. The idea of the nude paintings and their reception in the Arab world and what is revealed about Muslim ideas about our bodies, our vulvas, even looking at ourselves and each other, startled me. Jennifer S [...]

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    3. Жената на посланика мрази златната си клетка: knigolandiafo/book-review/jМиранда е художничка със свободен, непокорен дух. В конфликт със семейството си, тя е жител на света – докато не се поддава на очарованието на Мазрук, измислена арабска държава със събирателни черти от региона. На [...]

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    4. It's quite apparent that Steil knows what she's writing about. So much of this book feels true and real, especially the location (the fictional Muslim country of Mazrooq, which is similar to several Middle Eastern or African countries) and the inner workings of life as an Ambassador. I also loved that Steil's protagonist, Miranda, had a full life as an artist, a mother, and a bisexual woman. It's rare you get to see so many strong character traits combined.While it's a fascinating book, it's als [...]

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    5. The Ambassador’s Wife is bursting with passion, innate desire, and a woman’s devotion to her family. It is an enthralling read that will unveil the path towards freedom every brush stroke of the way. Imbued with taboo passions, clandestine secrets, and terror in the face of peril, Steil will keep readers craving to unravel the intricacies of life as an ambassador’s wife. In a world of jarring conflict and corruption, Miranda lives with her husband Finn. Behind the closed doors of her home, [...]

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    6. Best fiction book of 2015 so far. In the fictitious land of Mazrooq, a fairly tale couple finds their lives turned upside down. A story by a real Ambassador's Wife, this book is hard to put down.

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    7. Good read! I enjoyed the audiobook a lot. The story was interesting, the politics were interesting and I really liked all the characters. Definitely worth the read!

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    8. Oprah, pay attention! This should be your next book. It delves into so many meaty topics: women's issues, the Middle East, war and peace, terrorism, art, privilege, freedom, family, sexualityAnd it's a great read: compelling, nerve-wracking, stirring and devastating.Steil's depiction of a small country in the Middle East immerses you in that world--a complex world, filled with beauty and horror. I liked her complex treatment of the multiple Middle Eastern women characters and Miranda's relations [...]

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    9. [Received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.]I was completely taken in by this book. It does jump back and forth quite a bit and that might take some getting used to. Otherwise, it was a captivating story and with multi-dimensional characters. I really enjoyed this read.

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    10. Received an ARC from first reads. a slow burn, but I loved every minute of it.

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    11. This was brilliantly written book. It kept you reading you couldn't put in down. I laughed and cried. Everyone should read this book. I won this book on .

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    12. Oh wow such a good amazing book, could not put it down. A must read.

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    13. Nearly 4 stars. I imagine this book will get more of a spotlight now Ann Hathaway is signed up to do a TV adaptation. Set in the (fictional) country of Mazrooq this is the tale of 'fish out of water' Miranda who falls in love with the British Ambassador in the country and has to earn to adapt to her new married life of security, closed access and constant threats and danger whilst balancing this with her own passions and past. The story takes 2 story lines of the present and the past, and this a [...]

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    14. There were a couple of things that grabbed me immediately when I saw the publisher’s description of The Ambassador’s Wife by Jennifer Steil. The first was that Jennifer actually is an ambassador’s wife, so I thought it would be very interesting to read a novel by someone who had lived that life. The second was that the main character is an artist turned ambassador’s wife in the Middle East. To me, that seemed to have all kinds of potential for making an interesting tale. I’m so glad I [...]

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    15. This was a very engrossing novel about an artist who falls in love with a diplomat and she is suddenly living the life of an ambassador's wife. Excellent story line, very interesting characters and a timely story about life and people in the middle east. I highly recommend this novel and I can't wait to see the movie. I read that Anne Hathaway will be playing Miranda. I hope Hollywood does not ruin this fantastic book.

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    16. I really enjoyed this book's setting in the Middle East. I liked that the characters were different nationalities and they all felt like real, fully-developed people. I also liked the pace of the action in the story. It definitely kept me interested throughout the story. A fascinating book!I received this book as a First-Read. Yay!

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    17. Дочетох "Жената на посланика" от Дженифър Стайл.И трябва да призная, че се чувствам много странно: едновременно искам и не искам да пиша за тази книга.В един момент си мисля, че имам какво да кажа, а в следващия - че няма да мога да напиша нито ред.Все пак ще опитам.Тази книга ча [...]

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    18. Прекрасна книга - съвременна и актуална. Противопоставяща ограниченията в източния свят със свободата на Запада. Авторката умело съчетава противопоставянията и ги преплита в една история, която звучи според мен почти автобиографично. Има много силни моменти в книгата. Им [...]

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    19. This book made me want to quit my job and apply at the U.S. Embassy immediately!I really enjoyed reading this one! It was a nice break from some of the books I’ve been reading lately. I thought this book was going to be much different than it was…r one I thought it was going to be set in like the 1940’s or something but it’s not…’s actually a modern novel.I don’t read a lot of contemporary fiction but I do make exceptions when the book or premise sounds unique and different and thi [...]

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    20. Miranda is a free spirited American living in the fictional country Arab country of Mazrooq. She is a bisexual artist, who paints nudes. An ideal candidate for living in a Muslim country. She becomes enthralled with the country and despite being a liberal feminist she finds herself at home in a world that represses its women. She starts teaching a small group how to draw and paint. Then one day she falls in love with a man she meets walking around the old city. Little does she know how much this [...]

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    21. I received a copy of this book through ' First Reads program. The details of embassy life and the social activities are vividly rendered. As the author is the spouse of an ambassador, I assume the desciptions of embassy culture are accurate. The story itself is told through a series of vignettes alternating among different characters' points of view, and different times. The biggest problem I had in reading this was the main character. She didn't seem to appreciate the hazards inherent to life a [...]

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    22. Original review can be found at kristineandterri/.4.5 stars** I received an advanced readers copy from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! **This was a beautiful story. In fact it was quite stunning. Steil pens a thought provoking and engaging story that touches on many different feelings and emotions. Told from different perspectives and different times, it weaves an intriguing story about a different culture and way of life. It touches a lot on the culture [...]

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    23. What a timely work of fiction with our world facing situations like this within the middle east. This book begins by setting the stage for the events to unfold --and once they do, you will not want to stop reading! I learned so much about the posting of ambassadors as I did not realize how politically important they are to the politics for both their home country and the country in which they serve. (For some reason, I thought it was more of a ceremonial type job and the handing out of visas. Wa [...]

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    24. The Ambassador’s Wife is a novel as adventurous as its free-spirited protagonist, Miranda. With confidence and evident enjoyment, author, Jennifer F Steil explores the methods and strategies of high level diplomacy; the possibilities and dangers of cross-cultural friendship; and–centrally–motherhood, in its many complex, and conflicting incarnations.For an interview with Jennifer F Steil about the intersection of the writing process and motherhood, see goo/eDWYcw on the Mums Write! website [...]

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    25. After marrying Finn, the British ambassador to Mazrooq, Miranda must adjust to the diplomat lifestyle of large homes, staff members, and bodyguards. Her former artist lifestyle left little room for comfort and luxury, as she took risks in teaching Muslim women to paint and draw. Just as she starts to feel comfortable with her role as the ambassador’s wife, Miranda is kidnapped while on a hiking trip, throwing her family’s life into chaos and the women she has helped into ultimate danger.At 4 [...]

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    26. I would give this book more than 5 stars if I could! I loved this gorgeously written book! I could not put it down, always wanting to know what was going to happen next. I really loved the way the chapters were written , back and forth in time, yet filling in all of the background on each of the characters before and after they met. I especially loved the parts describing Miranda and Luloah was so beautifully described. I can't get this book out of my head. I'd have to say one of the best books [...]

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    27. I got this book free from the first-reads contest. This book is enthralling. It makes you want to know what happens next with each chapter. This is a must-read. The ambassador's new wife is having a hard time transitioning from her bohemian, transsexual life to a highly guarded and political one. She loses everything when she is kidnapped- her husband, her daughter, and her friends she once upon a time had taught forbidden art lessons to. Will she be happy again, or have to live mostly alone, wi [...]

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    28. I found The Ambassador's Wife to be a fascinating story, giving a view behind-the-scenes of a life I could not have imagined.This is the story of Miranda, an independent and free-spirited woman living on her own terms in the Middle East, and how her life changes once she falls in love with the British Ambassador. Their stories are told in their own voices, overlapping in time and circumstances, to create the tale of drama and suspense. I received an advance e-version of this book for review, and [...]

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    29. I loved this book! I won an ARC from . It was just a really good story with interesting characters in an exotic setting. A free spirited artist marries a subdued British ambassador assigned to an unstable Middle Eastern country. The country's inhabitants become real people, not just text book terrorists. The ending is not happily ever after, but it's a satisfying conclusion.

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    30. The reality of living in a third world countryWritten with unique first-person experience, the supposedly glamorous life in foreign service is revealed. Riveting characters.A most enjoyable read.

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