The Kurdish Bike: A Novel

Gold Medal Winner  

Best Regional Fiction of 2017 
Independent Publishers Book Award



Courageous teachers wanted to rebuild war-torn nation.

With her marriage over and life gone flat, Theresa Turner responds to an online ad, and lands at a school in Kurdish Iraq. Befriended by a widow in a nearby village, Theresa is embroiled in the joys and agonies of traditional Kurds, especially the women who survived Saddam’s genocide only to be crippled by age-old restrictions, brutality and honor killings. Theresa’s greatest challenge will be balancing respect for cultural values while trying to introduce more enlightened attitudes toward women — at the same time seeking new spiritual dimensions within herself.

The Kurdish Bike is gripping, tender, wry and compassionate — an eye-opener into little-known customs in one of the world’s most explosive regions — a literary novel of love, betrayal and redemption.

Published in 2016, The Kurdish Bike is available in independent bookstores, and on as a paperback or e-book.