03 December 2011

Book Review: One Hundred And One Nights By Benjamin Buchholz

I recently received a copy of the book One Hundred And One Nights by Benjamin Buchholz to review.


Abu Saheeh spent 13 years living in America, before returning back to Iraq. The country has changed quite a bit since the American military presence. Now that he lives alone in the city, he can get what he wants: freedom from his past. No one knows him, no one knows he spent time in America. He becomes a mobile phone salesman. Then he meets Layla, a whimsical fourteen-year-old street urchin who enchants him with her love of American pop culture. Abu begins to settle into his "new" life, enjoying Layla's company and her stories. All is not a perfect fairy tale though - Abu's alliance with a powerful merchant and his employment of a hot-headed young assistant reawaken painful memories from his past. Will Layla be able to save Abu before he endangers all around him?

I found this story to be a little different than what I usually read on my own. The book reeled me in though, and I enjoyed reading it. That being said, the book might not be for everyone - but if you give the book a chance, I think you'll enjoy reading it, too.

You might assume that this book, while fiction, was written by an Iraqi - but the author was a member of the Wisconsin National Guard, and was with his family in Oman from 2010 to 2011.

The end of the book features a discussion guide with a Q & A with the author, and some reading group questions.

One Hundred And One Nights by Benjamin Buchholz is a paperback fiction book publisher by Bay Back Books. It is 368 pages long. The suggested cover price is $13.99, but Amazon has it available for $11.07 as of this posting. It is also available as an e-book for the Kindle and other e-readers.

I received a copy of this book in order to read it and share my thoughts on it. All opinions are my own, and not that of the author(s) or publisher.

1 comment:

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