Screen Shot 2018-04-19 at 3.25.18 PM“What would you do if you could do anything in the world?”  Theresa Turner’s son asked. Without a moment’s hesitation, she replied that she would teach overseas again. Eight weeks later, she found herself in northern Iraq, spending weekends with a widow’s family in a local village. The Kurdish Bike is a fictionalized narrative of her challenges adapting to a paternalistic society, where women die in “honor killings” and mutilation is commonplace — an unforgettable story told with compassion, humor and grace.

Product Details

  • Paperback and e-Book: 324 pages
  • Audiobook: 11 hours
  • Publisher: Alesa Lightbourne (July 19, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692758100
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692758106 / ASIN: B01IOPBT3Y
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Languages:  English, Sorani Kurdish, Farsi (see below)

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  • Gold Medal, Best Regional eBook 2017, Independent Publishers Book Awards
  • First Place, Best Fiction of 2017, North Street Book Contest
  • Bronze Medal, Best Cultural Fiction, Readers’ Favorites 2018


The Kurdish Bike is available at independent bookstores and online:

  • Paperback $16.95 (324 pages), available through, or ask for it at your local book store or public library (distributed through Ingram)
  • Kindle / e-book $9.95 online
  • Audiobook narrated by the author $21.95 (11 hours), available on, or at the iTunes Store.
  • Kurdish translation available now in Irbil (Wafayi Bookstore inside Wafayi Park; Sirwan Bookstore beside Machko; Amazon) and in Sulaimanya (Jamal Erfan Cultural Foundation)
  • Farsi translation available as PDF Screen Shot 2019-07-15 at 11.05.38 AM

Read a sample here.

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