Captive Dove - John Ouellet

There is that part of our childhood which is bathed in mystery and suspense, tempered with the promise that all things will be revealed in time. For children of war there is no such promise. They are waiting still. In 1964, six-year old, Nasser and his fourteen-year old sister, Sureia are sent with their grandfather to a small village in the West Bank from their home in South Chicago. As second generation Americans, it's the intention of their parents to save them from the mean streets of the city by learning the ways of Islam from their aunt and uncle. Issues arise for Nasser from competition with his cousins, and while Sureia is immersing herself in the culture and in secretly learning Christianity, things around her are unwinding fast. Within a few months their grandfather departs after falling ill, and Sureia is sent home just before Christmas in the midst of her tailspin. The next two and a half years are harrowing for Nasser who is alone in a family disintegrating from within and in a land destined for war. On June 5th, 1967, Nasser finds himself lost in Ramallah at the start of The Six Day War with his mentally challenged cousin, Adli. The result of his struggles to find his way back home have shaped the rest of his life. The Captive Dove is based upon actual events in the lives and childhood of several extraordinary people whose spirit transcended the madness of the day.

You can purchase this book through Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Captive-Dove-John-Ouellet/dp/0989403246.

It's available in kindle and print versions.

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  • Jeanne Eiseman T.

    A note from the author: To the entire group, please extend my heartfelt thanks for their charm and grace to me at the book review. Nothing is more daunting than to sit (or stand) before an audience of true book lovers to discuss one's work. As I said, the true test of a writer and his book comes not from family and friends but from those such as yourselves. You made it so easy and comfortable. You treated me as a dear friend while still providing solid feedback. And the reviews posted on your site, and Amazon/Goodreads are most appreciated and assuring.

    3 · September 22

  • Heidi W

    What a great discussion! John's insight to foreign affairs was interesting and the story was top notch. To think these are really people that he has been in contact with is so cool. I loved the book! Highly recommend.

    1 · September 19

  • Jeanne Eiseman T.

    This meeting was fantastic! The author was very knowledgeable about the region beyond the story. It was fascinating to hear about how he put the story together and what his intentions were in writing it. Thoroughly enjoyed it and looking forward to his next book. PLEASE remember to review on Amazon and Goodreads! Independent authors rely on word of mouth to sell books. I recommended it to every one of my Goodreads friends and posted a recommendation on Facebook.

    September 19

  • Evelyn Z.

    Alright kiddo's, we agree the venue rocks.

    The author was very informative about the background of the book, and yes, I did start reading when I got home (I'm on chapter 7 already!) Even though so many bailed, this was perhaps one of the best meetings we've had. Everyone pretty much stayed on topic, had multiple viewpoints of the story and was respectful to the author. I hope we can have him back for a reading/talk when he finishes his next book.

    3 · September 19

  • Cathy

    sorry I left so quick. since the surgery I have this nerve thing. when it starts I don't know if it's going to be just annoying or severe enought to make me physically sick. better for me to just leave. loved the discussion. awesome to meet the author and see those who made it. see you all soon. !!!!!

    3 · September 19

  • Emily

    Wow, this meeting was great! Really an interesting book and a lot of good conversation. The author was wonderful and provided a lot of insight about the back story.

    3 · September 18

  • sheila

    I am so sorry I can't join in tonight and apologize for the last minute notice. My hubby had a biopsy procedure done this afternoon, I just got him home, and we thought he would be fine to be alone but he is in a lot of pain so I don't feel comfortable leaving him alone. I loved the book and was looking so forward to participating tonight and meeting you gals.

    September 18

    • Emily

      Sorry that you couldn't make it, but I'd have made the same choice in your shoes. I hope your husband feels better soon!

      September 18

  • Sherry U.

    Hi gang, I have 50 pages to go in this marvelous book, I am so sorry that I will miss meeting Neil Gaiman, please tell him his writing style and ideas are fresh and innovative. Please ask him how he came up with the premises and storyline for this fantastic adventure. I have a new job and it is intense, sorry I won't make the meeting :-(

    September 18

  • Cathy

    everyone PLEASE be sure to post your review on amazon n god reads if you're a subscriber. I'm having trouble with mine because of the emotional conten of my review, but I'll get there!

    2 · September 18

    • Cathy

      omg I give up

      1 · September 18

    • Heidi W

      You're the best Cathy!!

      1 · September 18

  • Evelyn Z.

    Looking forward to tonight's discussion with the Author even though I didn't read the book. *blushes*

    1 · September 18

  • Evelyn Z.

    I'll join you for dinner!

    3 · September 17

    • Heidi W

      Yay!!

      1 · September 17

    • Emily

      I'll try to make it for dinner, too!

      2 · September 18

  • Cathy

    good book. made me think about a lot of things and brought up a lot of feelings. should be a good discussion.

    September 17

    • Heidi W

      I agree. I'm really looking forward to this discussion!

      September 17

  • Cathy

    I'm having dinner first. Heidi and I will be there about 6:20. Anyone who wants to join us feel free.

    1 · September 17

  • A former member
    A former member

    I should finish the book by next Sunday - reading another at the moment.
    If any one would like to borrow my book before the discussion their welcome to it.

    September 7

    • Cathy

      it was pretty inexpensive on kindle too, if anyone needs...$5

      September 11

  • Jeanne Eiseman T.

    Discussion questions posted under Discussions tab, then select message board.
    Has anyone thought of any questions for the author?

    September 7

  • Jeanne Eiseman T.

    I'm getting some discussion questions from the author. In the mean time, here are some resources on how to handle an author's visit to a book club.

    http://poesdeadlydaughters.blogspot.com/2013/10/when-author-visits-your-book-club.html

    http://midnightwriters.blogspot.com/2012/12/author-visits-to-book-clubs.html

    http://www.minnpost.com/books/2009/11/author-visit-dos-and-donts

    I think the best advice is to treat the author as an honored guest. Whether you love the book or not, it took time and effort to produce and everyone should be respectful of that.

    1 · September 5

    • Cathy

      thanks jeanne

      1 · September 6

  • Emily

    Cathy and Jeanne, I'm not sure how you're planning to run this one, but would it be helpful if we posted or emailed some author questions here before the meetup? I'm just starting the book so I don't have any yet, but it might help focus our discussion so we can make the most of our time with the author.

    September 4

  • sheila

    I ended up with a conflict for the August discussion of Hild. I will look forward to meeting the group in September.

    1 · August 18, 2014

    • Cathy

      it will be awesome Sheila the author will be with us for Q&A

      September 3

  • Jeanne Eiseman T.

    The author will be joining us for a conversation about his book.

    July 18, 2014

  • Cathy

    ENDERS GAME is moving due to Barb (who chose the book) is not going to be able to attend in summer.. Sorry for the late change

    June 3, 2014

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