They Called Me Wyatt

When Jordanian student Siwar Salaiha is murdered on her birthday in College Park, Maryland, her consciousness survives, finding refuge in the body of a Seattle baby boy. Stuck in this speech delayed three-year old body, Siwar tries but fails to communicate with Wyatt’s parents, instead she focuses on solving the mystery behind her murder. Eventually, her consciousness goes into a dormant state after Wyatt undergoes a major medical procedure.

Fast-forward twenty-two years. Wyatt is a young man with an affinity towards the Middle East and a fear of heights. While working on his graduate degree in Middle Eastern studies, Wyatt learns about Siwar’s death, which occurred twenty-five years ago. For reasons he can’t explain, he grows obsessed with Siwar and spends months investigating her death, which police at the time erroneously ruled as suicide. His investigation forces him to open a door he has kept shut all his life, a spiritual connection to an unknown entity that he frequently refused to acknowledge. His leads take him to Amman, Jordan where after talking to her friends and family members and through his special connection with the deceased, he discovers a clue that unravels the mystery of her death. Will Siwar get justice after all?

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Praise for “They Called Me Wyatt”


“I grew up in West Amman in the 80s and 90s, and later on in my life I decided to become a writer. I felt that our stories, the stories of people living in this area and that time have been rarely told. As if that “westernized” part of the city is not good enough to be part of the overall cultural scene of the country. That’s why They Called Me Wyatt is so dear to me. It is a story that I wished to read in my twenties, a story that brings back to life all of those beautiful memories of places, people and interactions we lived and cherished but never suitably documented. In her debut novel, Natasha does a brilliant job in reviving nostalgic memories in a gripping storyline, a plot that highlights issues of identity and a language that is clean, precise and very eloquent.”

—Fadi Zaghmout, author of The Bride of Amman


“Natasha Tynes’ “They Called Me Wyatt” starts with an irresistible concept—a murder victim’s soul trapped in a toddler’s body, unable to communicate what happened beyond screams and tantrums—and only gets better from there. Both sensitive and unsparing, “They Called Me Wyatt” explores the lives of young Jordanians simultaneously bound by the strictures of their home country, and experiencing the freedom—and the bias—of life in the United States. An absorbing read, guaranteed to prompt terrific book group discussions.”

Gwen Florio author of Silent Hearts.


“Inventive, fresh, brilliant. THEY CALLED ME WYATT transports readers deep inside the mind of a dead Jordanian woman who is trapped inside an American toddler’s body while trying to solve her own murder. Tynes showcases a unique voice, seamless prose, and profound human insights. An author to watch.

—K.J. Howe, bestselling author of THE FREEDOM BROKER and SKYJACK



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