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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J. C. Carleson Narrator: Cheryl Benard, J. C. Carleson, Meera Simhan Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From a former CIA officer comes a riveting account of a royal Middle Eastern family exiled to the American suburbs

There: In an unnamed country, fifteen-year-old Laila has always lived like royalty. Her father is a dictator of sorts, though she knows him as king—just as his father was, and just as her little brother Bastien will be one day. Then everything changes: Laila’s father is killed in a coup.

Here: As war surges, Laila flees to a life of exile in the suburbs of Washington, DC. Overnight she becomes a nobody. Even as she adjusts to a new school and new friends, she is haunted by the past. Was her father really a dictator like the American newspapers say? What was the cost of her family’s privilege?

Far from feeling guilty, her mother is engineering a power play—conspiring with CIA operatives and rebel factions to gain a foothold to the throne. Laila can’t bear to stand still as yet another international crisis takes shape around her. But how can one girl stop a conflict that spans generations?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “When her Middle Eastern dictator father was killed in a coup, Laila, her mother, and her younger brother flee the country. Now a teenager, Laila must adapt to life in the US as her family tries to recover from its loss of power…Narrator Simhan turns in a solid performance in this audio edition. She provides Laila an appropriate Middle-Eastern accent and her tone reflects that of a teenager acclimating to a new culture. But Simhan shines brightest during the book’s moments of tension, generating a subtle range of emotions. Add in a fine performance from Benard, and the result is an audio edition that makes for compelling listening.”

    Publishers Weekly, audio review

  • “What’s it like to be caught between cultures? The author, a former CIA agent, knows. So will listeners after hearing Meera Simhan’s portrayal of fifteen-year-old Laila, who immigrates to the US from an unnamed Middle Eastern country after her father is murdered in a coup. Simhan reads with lightly accented precision, balancing Laila’s conflicting emotions at being ‘a girl divided’…This audio production includes an author’s note and a commentary by Cheryl Benard, a researcher dedicated to social activism.”


  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, February 2014
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books, Best Teen book of 2014
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About the Narrator

Cheryl Benard is the Director of Research at the Boltzmann Institute in Austria and a consultant to the RAND Corporation in Washington, DC. She is the author of several bestselling nonfiction books in German, and she has published two novels in the United States, including Moghul Buffet. She lives in Potomac, Maryland, with her husband, Zalmay Khalilzad, and their children.