Odyssey of Innocents

A Harrowing Journey Westward to Freedom

by Lydia Edwards



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/27/2015

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 186
ISBN : 9781480816824
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 186
ISBN : 9781480816831
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 186
ISBN : 9781480816848

About the Book

Tania Abu Ali is just thirteen years old when she and her family are forced to flee their home in Damascus, Syria, during a violent civil war. They gather everything they can carry, join the masses, and seek safety in a refugee camp in Lebanon. 


But life in the camp promises no secure future. It’s not safe and food is scarce. Tania’s mother sends her four children on a journey to a better life. The siblings are instructed to go west in search of the great sea called the Mediterranean. By wit and perseverance, they venture forward through civil wars, ethnic and religious clan conflict, assault, slave traders, border barricades, and death. They experience the goodwill of many, overcome the malice of few, thus discovering a world of hope and promise, inspired to go forward to the mystery of the next plateau.


A work of historical fiction, Odyssey of Innocents provides an intimate look at the struggles and dreams of people caught in the chaos of the Syrian civil war.

About the Author

Lydia Edwards earned psychology and communication degrees from Antioch University. She serves on the Commission for Status of Women and to the World Conference UN Decade for Women in Nairobi, Kenya. Edwards is a contributing media director for political, social, and civic awareness. She and her husband live in California.