Frances Fuller puts a face on the Middle East many Americans have not yet seen. Her award-winning memoir, ‘In Borrowed Houses’, gives readers a penetrating glimpse of the Middle East from the inside.
WILMINGTON, NC, March 17, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ — Multi-award winning author Frances Fuller has announced a new interview in which she discusses the predicament in Lebanon and the situation in the Middle East in a broader sense. Fuller is uniquely qualified to provide us with penetrating insights into both, especially the people of Lebanon, having spent many years there during the Lebanon civil war and the Syrian invasion.
The recent cataclysmic explosion in Lebanon wreaked havoc upon both Lebanon and her people. Since the explosion, the situation has become even more dire, as critical resources, supplies and other forms of assistance have often been diverted or lost completely due to a notoriously corrupt system. In her interview, Fullers lays out both the challenges and some possible solutions to help pull a collapsing state back from the brink. Fuller’s interview, as powerful as it is penetrating, will help clarify why it is imperative that the US and other countries take action now.
Immediately following the explosion, after French President Macron called for a meeting of international leaders to discuss aid to Lebanon, Fuller asked numerous Lebanese citizens for their advice to this group. All of them expressed distrust of the government, asking that aid be given directly to those who needed it, and all agreed that they desire “… a non-sectarian regime, with uncorrupt leaders and neutrality among the nations.” Some advised, “…do not flood the country with help to the point where our politicians are once again buoyed up and given a second wind. The anger on the street this time has to bring deep and permanent change.”
The new interview is available at her website at http://www.francesfullerauthor.com.
The Syrian occupation of Lebanon during that country’s long civil war is part of Fuller’s experience in the Middle East, related in her memoir. Told in short episodes, Fuller’s book reveals the alienation, confusion and courage of civilians in the Lebanese civil war, introducing to the reader a variety of real people with whom the author interacts: editors, salesmen, neighbors, refugees, soldiers, missionaries, lawyers, shepherds, artists, students. With these people she works, studies, plays games, prays, laughs and cries, all to the accompaniment of gunfire. Together these small stories tell what war is like for civilians caught on a battlefield, and they create the impression of the Lebanese as a fun-loving, witty, patient and resilient people. Fuller’s stories compose not a political history, but a historical document of a time and a place.
‘In Borrowed Houses’ has taken three industry awards. Frances Fuller was the Grand Prize winner in the 2015 ’50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading’ Book Awards. It received the bronze medal for memoir in the Illumination Book Awards in 2014. Northern California Publishers and Authors annually gives awards for literature produced by residents of the area. In 2015 ‘In Borrowed Houses’ received two prizes: Best Non-fiction and Best Cover.
Critics have praised ‘In Borrowed Houses.’ A judge in the 22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards called ‘In Borrowed Houses’ ” . . a well written book full of compassion . . . a captivating story . . . “. Another reviewer described the book as “Wise, honest, sensitive, funny, heart-wrenching . . .”. Colin Chapman, lecturer in Islamic Studies at the Near East School of Theology in Beirut said, ” . . . western Christians and Middle Eastern Christians need to read this story…full of remarkable perceptiveness and genuine hope.”
Frances Fuller is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at [email protected]. The full text of her latest article is available at her website. Fuller’s book is available at Amazon and other book retailers. A free ebook sample from ‘In Borrowed Houses’ is available at http://www.payhip.com/francesfuller. Frances Fuller also blogs on other issues relating to the Middle East on her website at http://www.inborrowedhouseslebanon.com.
About Frances Fuller:
Frances Fuller spent thirty years in the violent Middle East and for twenty-four of those years was the director of a Christian publishing program with offices in Lebanon. While leading the development of spiritual books in the Arabic language, she survived long years of civil war and invasions.
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