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The author, who had been a senior editor at The Week in New York, recounts her year in Yemen teaching journalism to the staff of The Yemen Observer in Sana a, the capital, where she now lives The Woman Who Fell from the Sky

About the Author: Jennifer Steil

Jennifer Steil is an award winning novelist and memoirist who lives in many countries She left the United States in 2006 to take a job as editor of a newspaper in Sana a, Yemen, where she lived for four years Her first book, The Woman Who Fell From the Sky, was inspired by her Yemeni reporters She began writing her first novel, The Ambassador s Wife, after she was kidnapped when pregnant with her daughter That experience became the first scene of the novel She and her infant daughter were evacuated from Yemen after her husband Tim Torlot, a British diplomat, was attacked by a suicide bomber They lived in Amman, Jordan, until his posting ended and he could join them in London In 2012, they moved to La Paz, Bolivia Early in her time there, Steil met Jewish Bolivians whose families had fled the Nazis in Europe during World War II Their stories inspired her third book, Exile Music She now lives in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.The Ambassador s Wife won the William Faulkner William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition Best Novel award and the 2016 Phillip McMath Post Publication book award It was shortlisted for both the Bisexual Book Award and the Lascaux Novel Award, and has received considerable critical acclaim, notably in the Seattle Times, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and The New York Times Book Review It has been published in several other languages, including Italian, Bulgarian, Greek, and Polish The Mark Gordon Company optioned the film rights to The Ambassador s Wife, with plans to create a television miniseries starring Anne Hathaway.Jennifer s first book, The Woman Who Fell From the Sky Broadway Books, 2010 , a memoir about her tenure as editor of the Yemen Observer newspaper in Sana a, received praise from The New York Times, Newsweek, and the Sydney Morning Herald The Minneapolis Star Tribune chose it as one of their best travel books of the year in 2010, and Elle magazine awarded it their Readers Prize National Geographic Traveler included the book in their 2014 recommended reading list It has been published in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Turkey, and Poland.Steil s stories and articles have appeared in the New Orleans Review, Saranac Review, World Policy Journal, The Week, Time, Life, Peauxdunque Review, The Washington Times, Vogue UK, Die Welt, New York Post, The Rumpus, and France 24.She was born in Boston in 1968 and grew up in Groton, Massachusetts She attended the Putney School in Vermont and studied theater at Oberlin College After spending four years working as an actor, her frustrations with the limited range of roles available to women drove her to begin writing She completed an MFA in Creative Writing at Sarah Lawrence College and an MS in Journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism She is currently working on a new novel as part of her dissertation for a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham in the UK.

10 thoughts on “The Woman Who Fell from the Sky

  1. Petra-X Petra-X says:

    The author is teaching American style journalism to a class of Yemenite male and female reporters She is trying to remember who the women are as she can only see their eyes This one has bushy eyebrows, this one has glasses, this one ties her burkha at the back She thinks burkas and niqabs aren t a bad thing, after all why should strange men not her husband be able to look at her face and body Why does she not realise it s not just charms, or perhaps it s not charms at all, but the erasing

  2. Christina Iturralde Christina Iturralde says:

    The only redeeming anything to this book because quality is not a word I would use for it is that it is one person s picture of Yemenese culture, a culture I knew nothing about before reading it However, being someone that has traveled quite a bit, I found her treatment of the culture and country shallow, especially for a reporter I enjoyed when she spoke about the reporters at the newspaper, especially when she related her conversations with the women reporters and discussed how they came t

  3. Katie Katie says:

    I really wanted to like this book I just couldn t get past the author I found her incredibly self centered and shallow When she returns from her first trip to Yemen, she despairs that her colleagues don t care to hearabout her trip After all, she states, I want to be found interesting When her favorite Yemen reporter becomes ill, instead of expressing concern, she thinks, Who will make me laugh when I m feeling cross Who will walk me to the Jordanian sandwich shop And, when she I really wanted

  4. Heather Heather says:

    This book was cruising along at about a three star rating for me until the end when the author unabashedly discusses an affair with a very married and very public man the British Ambassador to Yemen Curious, I read a few articles related to the book and the author and was evendisappointed disgusted by her complete lack of concern for anyone but herself Throughout the book, I was also annoyed by her ego centric attitude towards Yemeni people On one hand she criticizes their culture beca This book w

  5. Mia Mia says:

    I was really interested to learn about the state of journalism in Yemen, and hear the observations of an outsider living there The author was a bit chatty and haw haw for me, and she s pretty shallow in the cultural sensitivity and interpretation departments Her beginning an affair with the married British ambassador, and then moving into the embassy as his mistress in YEMEN leaves one wondering about her veracity and wisdom in other areas and casts a little shadow of doubt upon the rest o I was real

  6. Jeannie Mancini Jeannie Mancini says:

    In the land of pomegranates and grapes, amongst goat and cow herders, where desert sands swirl and shift and offer up frankincense and jasmine, Manhattan journalist Jennifer Steil is hired to give a three week seminar in newspaper reporting in Yemen s ancient capital city of Sana a Steeped in historic and biblical legend, Sana a is said to have been founded by Noah s son Shem, and is one of the oldest cities in the Middle East Yemen is a country consisting of a mixture of either desert people In the lan

  7. Sarah Sarah says:

    In The Woman Who Fell From the Sky, author Jennifer Steil recounts her engrossing adventure as an American journalist in Yemen working for an English language newspaper Throughout her memoir she explains various hurdles she s encountered as a Western woman living in an Islamic country While her intentions are to adapt to the culture as seamlessly possible, including wearing a hijab to cover her hair, Steil quickly learns that she is not able to hide her Western ways in both appearance and as a In The Woman

  8. Kate Kate says:

    This is one of those books that I buried myself in and lived vicariously through It hit all my sweet spots an American woman who writes, travels, and experiences the highs and lows of navigating a culture very different from her own I especially appreciated the blend of personal experience and political and social insight.It s intriguing to read about the way Jennifer took the helm of a faltering newspaper in Yemen and attempted to turn it around I loved the personal and political newsroom d This is one of th

  9. Lynne Lynne says:

    This was running at a three star book for most of the book I d never read anything about Yemen, so I was interested I didn t realize that the author had had a very public affair until I got to that part After reading it, I dropped one star off of my rating because my dislike of the author took away from my enjoyment of the book.

  10. Judy Judy says:

    Fascinating memoir ethnography of an American journalist who takes on the task of becoming managing editor for the Yemen Observer, an English language newspaper headquartered in Sana a, the capital of Yemen Because the author is already a talented journalist, the writing is clear, engaging, and pulls the reader in with just the right amount of description and observation Not only is this book a great example of honest travel culture writing, but also it s a great read for anyone interested i Fascinating memoir ethn

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