Wilmington College Class of 2010 graduate Amanda Matti’s debut book A Foreign Affair: A True Story of Love of War is scheduled for national release by W & B Publishers on October 30, 2016. This sweeping Iraq War memoir tells Amanda’s story of being a female U.S. service member who falls in love with her Iraqi translator while deployed to Baghdad during the Iraq War.
Can love exist between two diverse individuals whose countries are at war?
When Amanda, a young U.S. Navy Analyst, deploys to Baghdad in the Summer of 2005, she does her best to prep mentally and physically to face the horrors of war. What she isn’t prepared for is to fall in love… with someone on the “other” side.
For Amanda and her Iraqi translator Fahdi, it’s love at first sight. While serving together near the front lines, the two realize their connection transcends cultures, countries and politics. Amanda knows she may be forced to choose between Fahdi and her career, but actually finds herself at the center of an international criminal investigation spearheaded by a trifecta of government agencies—the NSA, CIA and NCIS. Spurred by a draconian double-standard, investigators quickly compile a speculative list of offenses Amanda may have committed as a result of her personal relationship with an Iraqi national.
Together, Amanda and Fahdi defy governments and cause international scandal as they fight for justice and love. A true story of romance and war, but above all, an epic love that overcomes incredible odds.
A unique account that turns the tables on the archetypal “war bride” tale and stands testament that true love can blossom under the bleakest of conditions.
“Sometimes you have to risk everything to be with the one you love….” ‐Kathleen Rodgers, author of the multi award‐winning novels, The Final Salute and Johnny Come Lately
Amanda served six years in the United States Navy, including a 2005 deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following her separation from the military, she returned to the Middle East as a journalist and worked as a staff writer for an Amman, Jordan based magazine covering the July 2006 Israel-Lebanon War. After returning to the States, she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Social and Political Studies at Wilmington College.
Amanda is currently working on her next book, Voicing the Eagle, a de facto prequel to A Foreign Affair that tells her husband’s story of being an Iraqi college student recruited right off his neighborhood street to translate for U.S. forces throughout the course of the Iraq War. Amanda and Fahdi have two beautiful daughters and the family resides in San Diego, CA.
To learn more, visit www.AmandaMatti.com or email AuthorAmandaMatti@gmail.com.