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an unexpected love story in the middle of a refugee crisis
Published by Palewell Press
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While traveling to Jordan, Lebanon and Syria to interview Iraqi refugees and hear their stories, Kim never expected to fall in love. But that is exactly what happened. This book is the story of an American woman and an Iraqi man set against the backdrop of the Iraqi refugee crisis and the brewing Syrian civil war.

With roughly 65 million refugees worldwide including approximately five million Iraqis displaced from their homes since the U.S. led invasion, this urgent and often humorous memoir examines the lives of dozens of Iraqi refugees, including one named Omar, trying desperately to survive in a world blind to their plight.

Breaking assumptions, stereotypes and expectations, the author fights for Omar in a whirlwind Middle Eastern romance and subsequent three-year intercontinental, internet relationship in the shadow of a revolution.

A tale of culture, war, devastation, redemption and hope.

This isn’t supposed to be a love story.

My OTHER Books

Chicken Soup for the Soul

An essay published in this well known series about a nighttime visitor entitled "My Olathe Angel"

Story Diary

A small journal-style book about the author's time in the Middle East with Iraqi refugees, published with Veterans Book Project, 2012

“This heartfelt memoir will take you into another world. An American volunteer interviewing Iraqi refugees about the horrors of war, Kim falls in love with Omar, and thus begins a three-year odyssey ... this story will resonate with anyone for whom the path of love never did run smooth.”

Chellie Campbell, author

  From Worry to Wealthy and The Wealthy Spirit.

My Story

Kim Schultz is a Chicago based author, actor and refugee advocate.


In 2009, she traveled to the Middle East as an artist/activist to meet with Iraqi refugees, where she fell in love with one, forever changing her life. She has turned their stories and her own into a critically-acclaimed solo play No Place Called Home, a small journal style book Story Diary (Veteran’s Book Project, 2012) and several articles and essays on the topic.


Kim is also a corporate improvisation trainer and directs artist residencies in Mexico. She blogs, tweets and can be generally found at

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Author Reading/Signing Events
Chicago Book Launch
The Goodman Theatre

December 19, 2016

January 16, 2017

January 30, 2017
Washington, D.C.
Busboys and Poets, 5th and K
London Book Launch!
The Hive in Dalston 
February 6, 2017
February 9, 2017
Palm Beach, Fl
Private book clubs

February 27, 2017

New York, NY
Intersections International event

February 28, 2017

April 12, 2017

Arlington Heights, IL
Private book club
May 29, 2017
Akumal, Mexico
La Lunita Restaurant
July 31, 7pm
Chicago, IL
Evanston Public Library
Williston, North Dakota
TrainND Book event
September 28, 2017
March 7, 2018
St. Peter, Minnesota
Gustavus Adolphus College
March 8, 2018
St. Marks Church,
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Peace Series Speaking/book reading