- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Edition Unstated edition (March 18, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0547985533
- ISBN-13: 978-0547985534
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 140 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #532,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran Hardcover – March 18, 2014
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In this jointly authored memoir, three young, globetrotting journalists recount their two-year imprisonment in Iran. Bauer, Josh Fattal, and Sarah Shourd inadvertently hiked into unmarked Iranian territory where they were arrested and taken to a prison to be interrogated. The book details how the three rebelled against captivity by relying on one another for support and coordinating group hunger strikes. The trio describe with forceful detail how, despite frequent moves between prisons, they developed intense and diverse relationships with their captors. Even so, Iranian civil servants accuse the three of entering Iran on behalf of the CIA and Israel. Upon an unexpected release, Sarah uses her newfound celebrity to recruit help to secure the release of Shane and Josh, but this proves difficult and all the more pressing as Shane and Josh’s trial date looms. This engaging story portrays the horrors of imprisonment and the danger that awaits any intrepid traveler who becomes mired between the antipathy of two governments. --Steve Uhrich
"Riveting and necessary and illuminating in countless unexpected ways. The hikers have pulled off the almost impossible task of making from their hellish experience something of beauty and grace." — Dave Eggers
"A Sliver of Light weaves a spellbinding tale of hard-won survival at the intersection of courage and love — the love of friends struggling to support one another in wretched circumstances, the unyielding bedrock of mothers' love for their long-lost children, and the fiercely tested love of three people for the family of humankind. It is a triumph of writing born of a triumph of being." — Andrew Solomon, author of Far from the Tree and The Noonday Demon
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The message of this book is not to be forgotten. We must work to free those wrongfully imprisoned, eliminate solitary confinement, and put an end to holding prisoners anywhere without charges or scheduled release dates. People should not be used as political pawns, and we must all remember that the citizens of a country do not always agree with the political opinions of their leaders.
One reads along with the prisoners and the how they cope with the hopelessness of being in an irrational long term imprisonment.