a sliver of light


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Published by Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt on March 18th, 2014.

From 2009 to 2010 I was held as a political hostage by the Iranian government alongside my now-husband Shane Bauer and friend Josh Fattal. Our memoir A Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran will be published by Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt on March 18th, 2014.

“In this poignant memoir, “the hikers” finally tell their side of the story. They recount the deception that lured them into Iran in the first place and describe the psychological torment of interrogation and solitary confinement. We follow them as they make surprising alliances with their fellow prisoners and even some of their captors, while their own bonds with each other are tested and deepened. Told through a bold and innovative interweaving of the authors’ three voices, here is a rare glimpse inside Iran and a timeless portrayal of hardship and hope.”

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The hikers have pulled off the almost impossible task of making from their hellish experience something of beauty and grace.
— Dave Eggers

A triumph of writing born of a triumph of being.
— Andrew Solomon, author of Far from the Tree and The Noonday Demon

Despite their unjust imprisonment, solitary confinement, and the looming threat of death, they stayed true to their ideals and defied the cruel illogic of global geopolitics that shackled them. A Sliver of Light is a richly written testament to love, survival, and the determination to make a difference in the world, whether behind bars or free.
—Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

This book shouldn’t be harrowing. You already know the story of the three young Americans vacationing in Kurdistan who hiked too close to the border and got thrown into an Iranian prison. That they made it out isn’t in question; you’ve got their book in your hands, narrated in rotating first-person. Yet time after time in A Sliver of Light — when they’re beaten by sadistic guards, or blindfolded and slung into vans — you think, This is it. They cannot survive this time.
Tina Jordan, Entertainment Weekly

This book touched me. Not just me—all of us in here. I passed my copy to every guy in this pod. Now we know there are people who understand what we go through 24/7…for me for 14 years now.
– Letter from anonymous prisoner in solitary confinement in the U.S.