Episode 18, When the Apricots Bloom

Gina Wilkinson’s story about friendship and moral dilemmas facing three women in Bagdad was inspired by her own experiences in Iraq twenty years ago. That’s when she took this picture of two young girls near the Mutanabbi Market. It helped her envision the childhood friendship between two of her three main characters.

The complicated friendship and shared goal to protect their families is peppered with historical truths that transport you to their reality. My conversation with Gina explores the long standing idea that fiction is the lie that reveals the truth.  You will hear Chapter 1 of the book come to life through the voice of narrator Raghad Chaar.  

You can find When the Apricots Bloom in all its formats here: When the Apricots Bloom on Amazon

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