Take What You Can Carry

Take What You Can Carry Review

An aspiring photographer follows her dreams and faces her fears in a poignant novel about finding beauty, promise, and love amid the chaos of war-torn Kurdistan.

It’s 1979. Olivia Murray, a secretary at a Los Angeles newspaper, is determined to become a photojournalist and make a difference with her work. When opportunity arrives, she seizes it, accompanying her Kurdish boyfriend, Delan, to northern Iraq for a family wedding, hoping to capture an image that lands her a job in the photo department. More important, though, the trip is a chance to understand Delan’s childhood and bridge the differences of their pasts. Yet when the return home proves less safe than Delan believed, Olivia is confronted with a reality she had not expected, and is awakened to the dangers of a town patrolled by Iraqi military under curfew and constant threat.

But in this world torn apart by war, there are intoxicating sights and scents, Delan’s loving family, innocence not yet compromised, and small acts of kindness that flourish unexpectedly. All of it will be tested when Olivia captures a shattering, tragic moment on film, one that upends all their lives and proves that true bravery begins with an open heart.

Title:Take What You Can Carry
Edition Language:English

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  • Lynn

    I just finished Take What You Can Carry by Gian Sadar. What an amazing book....love for one’s family during the most horrific times, an unrelenting spirit of hope and optimism when there is much tra...

  • Carol

    I can't recall the last time I read a book this engaging or beautifully written. The story is gripping; I was involved with the characters from the beginning, my heart pounded with them. The writing i...

  • Michele Vaughan

    I really wanted to love this book. The premise attracted me. I enjoyed learning about a culture I knew nothing about. I can't even begin to imagine the heartbreak and pain from living in a war torn ar...

  • Beverly

    The near history of war torn 1979 Kurdistan is the setting for this story of family bonds. loss and betrayal as seen through the eyes of an American woman travelling with her boyfriend to his homeland...

  • RoshReviews

    This is the first ever fictional story I've read that talks of Kurdish struggles. I had requested the ARC simply by virtue of the plot summary and to a certain extent, this book delivers.Plot summary:...

  • Stephanie S.

    Wow. This book is why I love reading. While absorbed in a fiery, passionate love story I also learned the gripping political situations of the often overlooked Kurds of Iraq. Both worlds - Kurdistan a...

  • Kathy

    This was my choice from Amazon Prime monthly free read, a benefit I have yet to enjoy. I based my choice on wanting to learn more about Kurds. I will be better off with Wickepedia.I cannot continue re...

  • Linda

    Truly a beautiful storyThis was one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. I will carry the story with me for a long time, and will recommend it to others forever. Until this book, I had listen...

  • Ari Smith

    There are some books that you read, you know are not true, but you want with all your heart for them to be true. Then there are books like "Take What You Can Carry". Books that you think might be true...

  • Kirsten Cutler

    This story of an American woman who travels with her Kurdish partner to his homeland to attend a family wedding is painfully visceral. A photographer, she takes what she knows are poignant shots but s...