The website of author Susan Glasier
She Was Never the Same
This is the story of one woman’s tenacity and resilience. Amelia was born into the late 1800s in Utah, USA, and wrestles with her place in that world. She fights to hold on to her identity and to live her life the way she wants to, despite a society not yet ready for independent women.
Amelia is a complex woman who often acts against her own best interests. Her life brings betrayal, deception, rape, murder, illness and death. Though readers may find her aggravating and exasperating, they will admire her determination to fend for herself and to survive, despite the narrowness of the society she was born into and the overprotectiveness of those around her.
About the Author
Susan Glasier was born in the United States. When she was growing up, her family lived wherever her father, who was connected to the US military, was stationed.
Her family settled in Arizona in 1958. Susan attended the University of Arizona in 1962 immediately after graduating from high school. She met Mohamed Chaabane, a foreign exchange student from Algeria, and by the end of her first year, she and Moe had married. They had two children and in early 1966, when Moe finished his studies, the family moved to Birtouta, Algeria, a small Moslem village, 36 miles south of Algiers.
Bend Like the Willow
Bend Like the Willow is a many layered story of a young naive American girl who sets out for her first year of university and finds instead a shocking introduction into a cross-cultural marriage of contradiction, mystery and eventual heartbreak with a darkly handsome Moslem Arab-Algerian man.
“If I take you to my country, you must learn to bend like the willow or you will snap,” he tells her.