Sunday, March 24, 2019

Trapped by Alexandra Karb

Alexandra Karb's memoir is about the horror stories we read when one parent takes children to a foreign country where the other parent does not have legal rights to reclaim her children. Alexandra, born in Germany, first moves to Canada with her parents after WWII when opportunities to get good jobs were still rare in Germany.

This book describes an exceptionally gifted young girl who studied hard and managed to get into university and work to stay at the top of her class. She fell in love very young, and a pregnancy disrupted her studies. She managed to get back on track when her parents agreed to take care of her small child.

For the next twenty years, this good woman became the mother of three additional children and the wife of a verbally and psychological monster. Her abuser made her life particularly difficult by requiring moves to Jordan, Saudia Arabia, and many moves all over Canada. Tareq didn't work, and everyone who helped him to start new businesses lost their money.

This book is worth reading to understand the female side of Islamic culture and the inner workings of a woman who suffered outrageous indignities and pain because she chose the smooth talker and ended up with a cowardly loser. This book is so informative and heartbreaking at the same time.

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book.

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