Why Robyn Bresnahan can't stop thinking about A Disappearance in Damascus by Deborah Campbell
July 1, 2017 marks 150 years since Confederation in Canada. CBC Books is creating the great Canadian reading list — a list of 150 books curated by you.
"This is a book I've kept thinking about since finishing it over a year ago. It follows Canadian journalist Deborah Campbell's attempts to find her fixer, Ahlam after she disappears in Damascus. It reads like a thriller but it's more compelling because it's true. Although it was written before the latest conflict, the backstories of Ahlam and other Iraqi refugees to Syria give one a greater understanding of the simmering tensions that boiled over into an all-out war. For lovers of international affairs, it is an incredibly compelling read."
Robyn Bresnahan is the host of Ottawa Morning, which airs in the nation's capital on weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.