‘Light of the Desert’ Enlightens Readers to Ancient Custom of Honor Killing

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Author Lucette Walters introduces 2007 book to wider audience

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Set for a new marketing push, “Light of the Desert” (published by AuthorHouse) by author Lucette Walters sheds light on the act of honor killing, giving a fictional yet human face to a very real crime to which many women fall victim around the world. To purchase a copy of the book, readers may visit https://www.amazon.com/Light-Desert-Lucette-Walters/dp/1425977480.

Honor killing is the act of killing a relative — typically a girl or woman — who is thought to have brought dishonor upon his or her family. Although the practice of honor killing originated in the Eastern world, 25 to 28 honor killings occur in the U.S. each year, according to the AHA Foundation – a nonprofit organization in the United States working to end honor violence that shames, hurts or kills women and girls.

“In ‘Light of the Desert,’ a young woman falls victim to honor violence at the hands of her father,” Walters says. “Unbeknownst to him, she survives and embarks on a dangerous journey.”

Walters’ young protagonist’s name is Noora Fendil, the favored daughter of an influential Middle Eastern businessman. Noora is suspected of bringing shame to her family after her jealous sister hatches a devious plan to destroy Noora’s upcoming marriage. As a result, Noora’s father attempts to drown her. Her escape from her father’s clutches takes her on a lengthy journey from Jordan through the Mediterranean and eventually to the United States. Along her path, Noora must hide her true identity in hopes of one day returning to her home and proving her innocence. Concurrently, she must evade her former bodyguard who vows to find Noora and follow through on her father’s original plans.

“Light of the Desert”
By Lucette Walters
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 594 pages | ISBN 9781425977498
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 594 pages | ISBN 9781425977481
E-Book | 594 pages | ISBN 9781491842560
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Born in Alexandria, Egypt, Lucette Walters grew up in Paris and later relocated to Chicago with her family. She later moved to Los Angeles, where she pursued a career in film. She recently completed the screenplay adaptation of “Light of the Desert” and is working on her second novel. She currently lives in California.

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