From the Back Cover
"Saucy and funny and unflinchingly honest. A picaresque tale of a woman lost - and found -in the Persian Gulf."
Eric Weiner, NPR correspondent and author of the best-selling The Geography of Bliss.
"Lisa is bold, genuine, hilarious. It's so satisfying to read a great story told by a great writer."
Ophira Eisenberg, host of NPR's "Ask Me Another" and author of Screw Everyone.
"I loved reading this. Her takeaways are empowering for any reader!"
Jo Weldon, founder of the New York School of Burlesque and author of The Burlesque Handbook.
"Kirchner's work is unapologetic and hilarious. Her effortless writing makes the book unputdownable!"
Sweta Srivastava Vikram, award-winning author of No Ocean Here.
Lisa Kirchner was 35 when she married the man of her dreams. Together they moved to Qatar for one last adventure before starting a family. But things quickly derailed. Heading up the marketing department at a university in one of the world's most patriarchal cultures brought unanticipated challenges. Then she learned she'd never have children. At least they had each other.
'He pulled me close and said, "Baby, I didn't marry you for your ability to reproduce." I never wanted anything more than to be loved like that.'
If only the story ended there.
With powerful and frank insight, the author describes what it was like to lose everything in a land that was utterly foreign. At the heart of this narrative is a magical place and time in history - Qatar at the turn of the 21st century - that shaped her own radical transformation. It's the author's first book.
About the Author
Lisa L. Kirchner has written for publication since 1992, when her review of the film, I'll Do Anything, presaged a career. While working at various times for The Andy Warhol Museum, Ketchum Public Relations, Carnegie Mellon University and the Tribeca Film Festival, her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Salon.com among numerous other publications.
She attended the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and did a summer stint at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her work is part of the compilation Learning to Love You More (Prestel Publishing, 2007). Essays based on this book have appeared in xoJane, Opium and Reality Sandwich. She has also hosted, produced and performed in storytelling shows, including the Upright Citizens Brigade's Happy Hour Story Hour, The Moth, Risk, and her very own Next Chapter. She is the memoirs editor for the New York Writers' Workshop literary magazine. She's also the host of Intention Radio's "Courage to Change with Lisa Kirchner."
She's currently working on the story of what came after this narrative, when she moved to India to study yoga and meditation.