The story of one choice that changed a generation






The inspirational story of two mothers reaching across cultures and continents to love a little girl who needed help.

It was a typical Sunday morning in 2006 when Barbara Marlowe first saw the photo that changed her life-a photo of four-year-old Teeba Furat Fadhil, whose face, head, and hands had been severely burned during a roadside bombing in the Diyala Province of Iraq. It was Teeba's eyes that captivated Barbara. They were wide, dark, and soulful. They seemed to cry out across oceans with a single message: Help me.

Barbara's story of responding to that cry is as inspiring as it is improbable. With a powerful faith and determination, she overcame obstacle after obstacle to bring Teeba to the United States for medical treatments- and unexpectedly, to ultimately offer her a home.

A Brave Face includes material written by Teeba, now a young woman, and her Iraqi mother, Dunia, at key moments in their stories. The book also explores the connection forged between Barbara and Dunia over the past decade-a deep bond between two mothers that has flourished despite the distance, the strife of war, and the horrors of Al-Qaeda and ISIS.

In the end, this is a story of hope. A story of building bridges. A story of the always astonishing power of self-sacrificial love.




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What People Are Saying

"Barbara and Teeba's story draws you in and doesn't let go-a truly unbelievable story of hope, kindness, and inspiration. A Brave Face is a touching tribute to inner strength and perseverance while redefining the true meaning of 'family' along the way."

Jack Hanna, Director Emeritus, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

"The life of a young girl forever changed by a desire to do right has led to a courageous journey for all, reminding us of what happens when good people choose a path that can have great impact."

Ron Haviv, Photojournalist, Photographer, cofounder of VII Agency

"A Brave Face shares a true and sincere example of how humanity is capable of embracing differences to focus on love, tolerance, and compassion. Here are just a few of the many gifts this book will provide to you: a beautiful presentation of human love in its purest form, inspiration for what can be, and a deep hope for our global future. Through these pages, we see a pathway for sincere peace in our world-one compassionate step at a time."

Denise Gottfried, President & CEO of TekTeam Medical Industry Consultants


Barbara Marlowe

Barbara Marlowe is the Marketing and Public Relations Director for the law firm of Dworken & Bernstein Co., L.P.A., in northeast Ohio. She has served on several boards for nonprofits and is currently a member of the University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Leadership Council and Dogs Unlimited Rescue; she is also president of the Iraqi Children's Foundation. She hopes to return to her favorite sport, golf, one day very soon. Barbara and her husband, Tim, live in an eastern suburb of Cleveland along with Teeba and their dog Becca.


Teeba Furat Marlowe

Teeba Furat Marlowe is a sophomore in high school. She is dedicated to her studies and focused on her future as a pediatric anesthesiologist. She hopes to one day volunteer with Doctors without Borders. Teeba is an accomplished dancer in various styles of dance and has a talent for creating and editing videos. She is also a gifted public speaker and skilled speech writer. Teeba serves as Honorary Youth Ambassador for the Iraqi Children's Foundation. She does an amazing job of balancing two mothers and two fathers.



For U.S. press inquiries regarding A Brave Face, please contact
Becky Melvin at [email protected].