Take What You Can Carry

Take What You Can Carry

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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    Take What You Can Carry Reviews

  • 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...

  • Diana Wolfson

    Set in distant, war-torn Kurdistan (late spring 1979), the relationship between an American photographer and her Kurdish boyfriend’s family deals with questions posed early in the book: “Is it pos...

  • Robyn Parker

    This book follows an American woman, Olivia, and her Kurdish boyfriend, Delan, who live in Los Angeles in 1979. The couple really love each other, but also have a lot of issues due to their different ...

  • Melody

    Read this Book!I chose to read this book because I wanted to know more about the Kurds. And what I learned is that fear, anger, love, loyalty, grief, all the extreme points of emotion are universal. H...

  • 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...

  • Cheryl

    This was a great read for a rainy weekend. I couldn't put it down. A wonderful love story and a tragedy wrapped up in a partial history of the Kurds. One of the best things about this novel is being a...

  • Susan Clifford

    The author successfully introduced me to a region of the world that I will never visit but yet has captured my curiousity because of the political and social conflicts surrounding this area of the wor...

  • Alesa

    This is a must-read for anybody interested in the Kurds. Set in 1979, it gives a wonderful background for understanding what life was like for Kurds under the Baathist regime, and why they are so dete...

  • 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...