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- Print Length: 244 pages
- Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.; 1 edition (July 21, 2009)
- Publication Date: July 21, 2009
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002JM0F1Q
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Lori's Song - The true story of an American woman held captive in Iran Kindle Edition
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I really liked the vignettes of how life was like in Iran. Having spent some time in Saudi Arabia and Iraq, I think the way she describes some of the things is pretty accurate and is much the same in most Muslim countries. Unless you've actually been to such places some of the things, I'm positive, would be very hard to believe.
`My name is Lori Foroozandeh and my life started out with physical abuse at 6 months old to the point of being taken away from my parents. When my adoptive family took me they told me I had cigarette burns all over my body, and sores on my butt from never getting my diaper changed. At 11 I was molested by my adoptive brother. At 18 I had my first child, enlisted in the army and married my recruiter. I went AWOL from the army due to my husband ran off with another woman and took my son. Soon after this I became a truck driver to stay mobile so the MP's wouldn't catch me for being AWOL. At 27 I met and eventually married a middle eastern man who turned out to be a terrorist and took me to Iran and wouldn't let me return to the USA. The day after 911 I was put into a POW type camp in the middle of nowhere, Iran. I was tortured, beaten and raped for six weeks. Eventually escaped and got back to the USA.' Now having returned home she has struggled with drug addiction, depression, and PTSD, and it is her goal in writing this book to help others suffering like maladies.
The book Lori wrote outlining her problems with Iran was begun in 2002 but not published until 2009 after supportive care from therapists, physicians and counselors who encouraged her to rewrite her true memoirs to reflect the incredible abuse she endured as a woman in a Muslim country. Now she has added a Forward and an author's note which increase the horrid story of her experiences. She has been through an experience few can imagine and here she shares that as yet another aspect of the political and moral conundrum facing the US perception of the Middle East. The book would benefit form the use of a careful editor as some portions simply fall apart. But the impact remains. As Lori states, `While Terrorism is a war that starts developing within the mind, Religion is a war that antagonizes our conscience, but Love is always a war within the heart.' Grady Harp, December 13
Lori's story may be unbelievable to some but being that right at this very moment three hikers are being held in Evin Prison in Tehran and have not done anything that warrants their arrests I definantly believe Lori's story. (for more on the Americans being held in Iran and to sign the petition go to [...])
Lori has been through so many things in her life that if she had gone in depth on each of those different things this could easily have been a five to six hundred page memoir, but the story she wanted to really get out was her story of being held captive in Iran.
Lori's life started off rough and seemed to continue from there. I can't even imagine surviving half of the things she has been through. At six months old she was taken away from her natural parents due to neglect and abuse. Her foster parents adopted her and though they were not abusive to her they didn't exactly protect her either.
Later in her life, after two failed marriages she met and married an Iranian and when she ran into some legal problems she hastily agreed to move to his country. Once in his homeland her husband immediatley changed, becoming more aggressive in the way he spoke to her and then later physically abusing her. Lori had all she could take from the man she had loved and trusted after he committed the one final act that extinguished the little bit of love she had left for him. All she wanted to do was go back home to the USA, but in Iran a woman has to have her husbands permission before she can leave the country so she was trapped.
On September 12th 2001 the day after the terrorist attacks in the United States Lori's husband finally said the words she had been longing to hear. They were going back to the USA. This is when Lori's real nightmare began.
This is one of those books that when you get to the last page you wonder how your going to shake off all the emotions you felt while reading it so you can move on to the next book that you have planned to read.