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The book was published by Random House in The book, which became a bestsellerpurported to describe the honor killing of her best friend in Jordan.

After criticism from Jordanian writers and groups in regards to numerous errors, the book was exposed as a literary hoax in Khouri was born in Jordan inforbiddn moved to Chicago in the United States with her parents in She attended a Catholic school in South Chicago. In she married John Toliopoulos, the father of her two children, Zoe and Christopher.


In aboutKhouri, Toliopoulos and their children moved to Australiafrom where she published a non-fiction account of the honour killing of her best friend in Jordan. After the revelation of her literary hoax made headline news, she moved back to the United States.

On July 24, Malcolm Knoxliterary editor of the Sydney Morning Heraldrevealed that Khouri was not living in Jordan during the timeframe of Forbidden Lovebut was living in Chicago with her husband, John Toliopoulos, and her two children. She had not lived in Jordan since her early childhood, except for a three-week stay during which she apparently researched the background for her book. Knox further revealed accusations that Khouri had left the United States while being investigated for defrauding an elderly neighbor.

Things were further complicated for Random House Australia because Khouri was sponsored under the category of nomination for distinguished talent in On July 28, the Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs announced that Khouri was cleared of violating visa conditions, but Khouri had already left the country of her own accord.


Khouri said she would co-operate with all requests to provide documentation and was said to be preparing to publish her next book A Matter of Honour in Novemberagain by Random House; it appears that this book was not released, as on August 18,Khouri admitted publicly that she took “literary licence” with the book, claiming that she did not receive any payment or royalties for writing it. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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