Seven Years Behind the Veil
Seven Years Behind the Veil is a memoir covering my experiences in Saudi Arabia from 1970 through 1977. In retrospect, I landed on the shores of shifting sands in a perfect period to document this critical time in history. Motivated by the discovery of oil in the early 1970s, the Kingdom was just beginning to open its creaky gates to the world. During this time I did not live among the Bedouin or the Royalty...but in Urban Saudi Arabia where I document the provocative scenarios, intrigues and mysteries of everyday life. Enjoy!
Married to a Saudi Arabian I was one of few Americans to experience this cloaked Kingdom before, during and after the influences of the global oil situation. I was born into a conservative, middle class family along the shores of Lake Erie in 1947. The tumultuous 1960's found me on the campus of a large, mid-western university. After marching on Washington in peace protests, I fell in love with a magnetic Saudi student named Osane. With spirits full of rebellion and adventure, we did the unthinkable and married. In that era, interracial marriages were extremely rare. It was not surprising therefore, that I was disowned. After the birth of our first son, we jumped through many legal hoops and finally landed on Saudi soil. The story then unwraps my dramatic transition as I attempted to view the world through "Arab eyes."
Anna's Journey is written for the seekers of life. Those who are compelled to unravel the human odyssey with all it's mysteries, adventures and thrilling highs and courageous lows, will empathize and admire Anna's pilgrimage.
Anna Katri Jenssen is born into an isolated Finnish Community in rural Idaho, in the mid 1900's. In a family full of brothers and rejected by her mama, Anna is emotionally abandoned. When a tragic hunting accident takes the life of her brother, she leaves her remote community and flees to Seattle. Anna puts herself through school, is lured into a mysterious game full of intrigue and world travel, is transformed from a lost soul into an extraordinary woman...and finally finds peace, the love of her life and her "home." The suspense in this contemporary fiction keeps the pages turning, and Anna's compelling investigation into some of life's most provacative mysteries provide inspirational depth. The hint of romance weaves in and out of the pages testing Anna's emotional endurance, until all of a sudden, her spinning uncovers the deep and pure love of her soul mate. Enjoy!