When the Apricots Bloom

Inspired by her own experiences stationed in Baghdad during Saddam Hussein's rule, former foreign correspondent Gina Wilkinson's evocative, suspenseful debut is told through the eyes of three very different women in Iraq at the turn of the millennia.


A secretary, an artist and a diplomat’s wife must confront the complexities of trust, friendship, and motherhood under the rule of a dictator and his ruthless secret policeRead more

I read this novel with my heart in my throat. Wilkinson’s atmospheric and suspenseful novel explores complicated relationships, risks, lies, and betrayals.”

Lisa Johnson, Penguin Bookshop, Sewickley, PA

Named one of the 30 Great Buzz Books of Fall/Winter 2020! 


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Gina Wilkinson is a former foreign correspondent turned novelist.  A nomadic childhood & decades living and working in the world's most intriguing places inspire her writing today. Read more→