Where I Fall, Where She Rises follows two women on opposite ends of a terrorist kidnapping. While one suffers at the hands of her captors, the other exploits the event to secure her financial future and that of her unborn child.
Canadian journalist Lea recalls her time in the dangerous red zone of Baghdad, after the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq. A self-destructive addict, she avoids the protected green zone, where most mainstream news journalists stay. Seeking a story to re-establish himself as a top journalist, Paul Shell agrees to meet Lea in the red zone. There they are kidnapped by a terrorist sect and tortured.
Paul’s wife Carol lives in New York. Eight months pregnant, she is approached by her husband’s agent who wishes to represent her “victimhood,” which he sees as a very marketable asset. While Lea and Paul are held and tortured in a basement dungeon, Carol makes public appearances to further her star. The novel evolves into an emotional satire, which depicts two strong women who attack the consequences of war on two different fronts.
“A gripping exploration of two remarkable women navigating two very different sides of a nightmare scenario. Brimming with psychological intrigue and deeply ambiguous moral choices, this is the work of an author with a keen sense of what it is to have our very humanity put to the test.”
—Bruce Geddes, author of The Higher the Monkey Climbs
“A difficult journey exploring both the struggle of survival and what it means to be alive.”—Brad Kelln, author of the Blake Waiter Mystery Series
“Dean Serravalle has painted a crystalline image of the conflicted human condition. Here every truth is spoken, though some louder than the rest.”
—Susan Lloy, author of Vita