Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea
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When Rajaa Alsanea boldly chose to open up the hidden world of Saudi women—their private lives and their conflicts with the traditions of their culture—she caused a sensation across the Arab world. Now in English, Alsanea’s tale of the personal struggles of four young upper-class women offers Westerners an unprecedented glimpse into a society often veiled from view. Living in restrictive Riyadh but traveling all over the globe, these modern Saudi women literally and figuratively shed traditional garb as they search for love, fulfillment, and their place somewhere in between Western society and their Islamic home.
 

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RAJAA ALSANEA grew up in Riyadh, the daughter of a family of doctors. She intends to return to Saudi Arabia after attaining a degree in Endodontics. Two weeks after the release of Girls of Riyadh in Arabic, the book became a #1 bestseller. Rajaa is twenty-sixyears- old, and this is her first novel.
 
Published July 5, 2007 by Penguin Press HC, The. 304 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Lamees succeeds in making a love match, but Sadeem experiences a second, much deeper disappointment before settling for someone who loves her more than she loves him.

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Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea, translated by the author with Marilyn Booth 320pp, Fig Tree, £12.99 When Rajaa Alsanea's novel was published in Saudi Arabia in 2005, it was quickly withdrawn from bookshops and the ministry of information placed it for a while on its lengthy list of banned ...

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Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea Fig Tree £12.99, pp299 In the western imagination, as Rajaa Alsanea correctly says in her novel Girls of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is made up of oil wells, terrorists and 'women dressed in black from head to toe'.

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GIRLS OF RIYADH is being referred to as "Saudi-style Sex and the City" --- a secret look into the lives of professional women as they search for love.

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Curious Book Fans

She must have known the book would get instantly banned on publication, getting her into massive trouble, and probably ruining her chances of ever being an acceptable bride to any Saudi man (maybe not a bad thing).

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BookRack

Girls of Riyadh is an inside peek into the lives of these four educated University students and the book unfolds as a series of e-mails sent out to a yahoogroup, chronicling the events from the lives of each girl.

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Cairo 360

First published in English in 2007, this novel tells the story of four female friends growing up in the city of Riyadh.

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