Imagine spinning a story to reinvent your life. It seems that’s what Chicago girl Norma Khouri did. When sick of her marriage and her mother, she wrote a book detailing her life escaping from patriarchal Jordan, and not only made a pretty penny, she was also granted asylum in Australia. She’s even still sticking to her story. She just invented that American identity in order to escape Jordan. The title of her book is wonderful: Forbidden Love: A Harrowing True Story of Love and Revenge in Jordan – sounds good, eh?

24. July 2004 by Jill

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