My book Fast Times in Palestine is the true story of how I stumbled into the middle of the Israel/Palestine conflict knowing almost nothing about it (I was a physics major from Oklahoma), and before I knew it I was deeply involved, working as a journalist, dating a Palestinian from a conservative village, and serving as the foreign press coordinator for a Palestinian presidential candidate.
Several reviewers on Amazon have said they couldn't put it down once they started reading, and that it reads like a gripping novel. I wrote it to appeal to fiction lovers, and it's full of humor, suspense, gorgeous settings, and romance. It also packs a punch with a lot of information about the conflict and the culture woven into the narrative.
This weekend, March 3-4, the Kindle book will be free an Amazon, and you are most welcome to download a copy! Protected content
A synopsis is pasted below, and you can find excerpts and reviews on my website: Protected content
Enjoy, and please feel free to spread the word!!
Author of Fast Times in Palestine
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Pamela Olson, a small town girl from eastern Oklahoma, had what she always wanted: a physics degree from Stanford University. But instead of feeling excited for what came next, she felt consumed by dread and confusion. This irresistible memoir chronicles her journey from aimless ex-bartender to Ramallah-based journalist and foreign press coordinator for a Palestinian presidential candidate.
With dizzying speed she found herself attending Yasser Arafat's funeral, sharing a holiday dinner with a suicide bomber's family, tour-guiding Israeli friends around the West Bank, dating a Palestinian from a conservative Muslim village, being held at gunpoint and injured by a stun grenade, and witnessing the Protected content from inside the Gaza Strip. The gripping narrative focuses not only on violence, terror, and social and political upheavals but also on the daily rounds of house parties, concerts, barbecues, weddings, jokes, harvests, and romantic drama that happen in between.
Funny, gorgeous, shocking, and galvanizing, Fast Times in Palestine challenges the way we think not only about the Middle East but about human nature and our place in the world.