By Jennifer Steil
"I had no notion how to define my means round this medieval urban. It used to be getting darkish. i used to be drained. I didn’t communicate Arabic. i used to be a bit worried. yet hadn’t I battled scorpions within the wilds of Costa Rica and prevailed? Hadn’t I survived fainting in a San José brothel? Hadn’t I as soon as arrived in eire with simply $10 in my pocket and made it final weeks? definitely i may deal with a stroll via an strange city. So I took a breath, tightened the black shawl round my hair, and headed out to take my first solitary steps via Sana’a."-- from the girl Who Fell From The Sky
In an international fraught with suspicion among the center East and the West, it really is demanding to think that some of the most influential newspapers in Yemen--the desperately negative, ancestral place of birth of Osama bin encumbered, which has made has made overseas headlines for being a terrorist breeding ground--would be passed over to an agnostic, Campari-drinking, unmarried lady from new york who had by no means set foot within the heart East. but this is often precisely what occurred to journalist, Jennifer Steil.
Restless in her occupation and her lifestyles, Jennifer, a gregarious, liberal New Yorker, first and foremost accepts a temporary chance in 2006 to educate a journalism type to the employees of The Yemen Observer in Sana'a, the gorgeous, historical, and extremely conservative capital of Yemen. Seduced by way of the keen newshounds and the hard prospect of educating a unfastened speech version of journalism there, she extends her remain to a yr because the paper's editor-in-chief. yet she is instantly faced with the realities of Yemen--and their stunning advantages. In instructing the fundamentals of reasonable and balanced journalism to a employees that integrated plagiarists and polemicists, she falls in love together with her profession back. In confronting the blatant mistreatment and strict governance of ladies via their male opposite numbers, she learns to understand the power of Arab girls within the place of work. And in forging unusually deep friendships with men and women whose traditions and ideology are in overall competition to her personal, she learns a cultural appreciation she by no means can have predicted. What’s extra, she in order that occurs to fulfill the affection of her existence.
With exuberance and bravado, The lady Who Fell from the Sky bargains an extraordinary, intimate, and sometimes amazing examine the function of the media in Muslim tradition and a fascinating cultural journey of Yemen, some of the most enigmatic international locations on the earth.