Anissa of Syria by Jonah Pierce

Anissa of Syria Final CoverAnissa is traumatized by the most brutal conflict of the 21st Century: the Syrian Civil War. In 2012, Islamists in Homs terrorize a Syrian-Christian community and destroy everything that a young woman holds dear. Narrowly escaping death, Anissa restarts her devastated life as a college student in New York City. She is bewildered and lost, but hopeful for a better life in a new land.

Anissa is soon drawn to two powerful individuals: Michael Kassab, the Syrian-American leader working to found the first Mideast Christian state, and Julien Morales, her Columbia University professor who runs a $20 billion hedge fund.

Complicating matters, Michael is still attached to his ex-girlfriend and Julien is the most sought after bachelor in Manhattan (and has hidden demons that even his therapist can’t extract). Anissa’s heart and her communal ties pull her in different directions, as she seeks hope and renewal in a dark world.

Anissa of Syria might be compared to The Kite Runner, Exodus, and The Diary of Anne Frank.

NOTE: This is a “clean read” edition of The Syrian Virgin (i.e., this version has no profanity and just a few, brief scenes of minimally described intimacy without reference to any explicit details or sexual anatomy). Due to war themes, this book is not recommended for readers under 16.

REVIEWS from Amazon:

#1 — What a amazing story that could be taken from present day headlines. A story of hope not only for a better life but maybe find love.
Anissa leaves her homeland Syria in search for freedom. Leaving what remained of her family was a hard choice for her, but in order to survive, she had to do it.
And on the way she also hopes she is finding love. She is torn between 2 men, who both could give her happiness. Again she has to make a choice. Who will she choose? I can’t wait to find out…
This is a must read for anyone that like a uplifting tale. Who will start off making you sad and at the end make you smile and believe that good things can happen to good people.
Jonah Pierce writes with so much passion. Taking a tragedy and turning it into hope and survival

#2 –A heart breaking inspiring story of someome so young having seen things no human should ever witness let alone someone of so little years on this earth.
This story I feel takes you through every emotion that is astoundingly indepth yet very easy to read.
The story starts of slowly then slowly builds and then a NOOOOOOOOOOO moment!
Its raw and gritty and really takes your breath away for most of the book.
This story helped me to remember and appreciate the life that I have. A life where I feel blessed after reading this heartfelt story.
Definitely a story that can easily be adapted to the big screen! Joanh Pierce. you are a genius!.

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Jonah Pierce graduated from Harvard College, where he studied mostly literature, psychology, philosophy, and film. After college, his first job brought him to New York City, where he was working during the attacks of September 11 – an event that profoundly marked him and deepened his interest in global affairs and the Middle East. Almost fifteen years later, Jonah was moved by headlines about the tragedy in Syria and the threat of ISIS, and wondered how these developments might feel from the perspective of a Syrian refugee. He began to envision a young Syrian woman fleeing fear, violence, and tragic loss, and finding a new life in the United States. Thus was the character of Anissa Toma born, and The Love of Antioch series recounts her saga.


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