Note: this story was exposed as a hoax a few years ago. Apparently Norma Khouri only visited Jordan long ago as a child, and she made up almost this entire tale (and its characters; there was no real Dalia) as a scam to make money.
When contacted about the story by an American reporter who wanted to do a piece on honor killings, Khouri became evasive, and the reporter began to uncover the extent of the scam. Faced with discovery, Khouri cut off contact with the reporter and moved to a different state.
This is not to say that honor killings don't happen. But this book, which was presentd as a true story of that horrible practice, is basically just a lot of melodrama and lies.
In the end, it seems that Khouri simply wanted to make money by shocking readers in the West who wouldn't be familiar enough with modern Jordanian culture to smell a rat.
Recently this books has become very controversial. At first, when it was just published, it was advertised as a true story. Later, after this book became a bestseller, the evidence was brought that the author fabricated her story. Despite the fact that Dalia may have never existed, there are some evidence of honor killings in Jordan.
I really enjoyed this book. Take it as fiction (with some truth to it).
I lot of friends had told me about this book, especially that it is about Jordan -- my home country. So I read it. It was very disappointing. There is some truth to how the culture is described in this book, but a lot is exaggerated or blown up. So don't believe everything you read.
I could not walk away from this book. The lives of these two young girls, as well as so many other Jordanian women, captured me and reminded me that the freedom i grew up with should never be taken for granted.
This book was a "chilling" read. It's hard to believe that this goes on in our modern world. I was surprised to learn that "honor killings" as they are referred to, are not seated in the Muslim religion. Christians and Muslims alike have this practice. It goes back much further in history. I feel very fortunate to live where I do and am free to come and go as I please. A very compelling story.
If you read amazon.com reviews, you will find that this book is totally false, and that the author wrote it in an attempt to gain a legal visa out of her country. It is a sham and a shame - just one more book out there to hook the world into feeling sorry for someone who has an art of deception.