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Fear of Beauty Paperback – January 15, 2013
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♦ 2014 Mary Higgins Clark Award Nominee
♦ WINNER! 2014 Military Writers Society of America Book Award, Thriller/Mystery: Gold Medal
♦ WINNER! 2014 Middle East Outreach Council's 2014 Youth Literature Award
♦ WINNER! 2014 National Federation of Press Women Communications 2nd Place, Best Novel For Adult Readers
♦ 2014 Love Is Murder Best Suspense Lovey Nominee
“An exceptionally well-written tale of love, loss, trust, and greed with appeal that reaches far beyond mystery fans.” —Publishers Weekly
“A great societal thriller…. Action-packed, readers will feel they are in [Afghanistan]…. One of the top novels of the year….” —Mystery Gazette
“This fictional woman halfway across the world isn’t so different from you and me. Froetschel has great respect for the Afghan culture and deftly provides a slice-of-life tale that moves, informs and even surprises.” —Shelf Awareness
“Froetschel pulls the reader in almost from the first word with her dynamic plot twists.”
—Women’s Book Reviews
“Susan Froetschel makes the Afghanistan conflict real on a personal level, in a tale rich with thought-provoking themes. . . . Fear of Beauty is a wonderful novel.”
—Sandra Parshall, Agatha Award-winning author of Bleeding Through
“Froetschel is a superb storyteller. She brings the rugged beauty of Afghanistan, its simple folk, and its many dangers together in a spine-tingling tale."
—Nayan Chanda, author of Bound Together
About the Author
Susan Froetschel is the author of four previous novels—Fear of Beauty (named top mystery/suspense by the Military Writers Society of America and nominated for a Mary Higgins Clark Award), Alaska Gray, Interruptions, and Royal Escape. She has taught at Yale University and Southern Connecticut State University. She lives in Michigan and is currently an editor with YaleGlobal Online at Yale University's MacMillan Center for International Studies.
Top customer reviews
Just outside Laashekoh in an encampment, Army Ranger Joey Peterson may have been raised by dogmatic fundamentalists, but like all of his peers, struggles with accomplishing his training assignment due to the lack of local skills and a hatred of the infidels. Daughter of a General, Ag specialist Mita Samuelson teaches Sofi to read so that she learn what really happened to her oldest son while the Afghani extremists push to kick out the enemy and force women back to their more traditional roles. They kill Peterson's translator and kidnap Samuelson.
This is a great societal thriller that deftly rotates the lead between Peterson and Sofi. Action-packed, readers will feel they are in Helmond Province as Sofi bravely searches for the truth with Mita and Joey enabling her. However, what makes Fear of Beauty one of the top novels of the year is the moral warning that extreme preservation of a culture's tradition can result in perverting the fundamental belief system; whether it is American, Afghani or otherwise.
Susan Froetschel describes a multitude of things, especially the limited life of an Afghan woman, with details many here in the US are not aware. Not only are women prohibited from appearing in public, but a widespread lack of education means women have no economic opportunities. Most Afghan women are illiterate, hidden and isolated. Sofi defies the Afghan culture, learns English, and takes matters into her own hands - this is extremely rare and shows a lot of perseverance, which Froetschel portrays beautifully. You find yourself rooting for Sofi and admiring her strength. In fact, I personally like Sofi's point of view in the book.
The story keeps a reader wanting for more, and the author does an excellent job of reeling you in. You desire to find out who killed Sofi's son and how the book will end. You can't put this excellent read down!