Mirage by Soheir Khashoggi

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Amira Badir, a young woman from a wealthy family in the Middle Eastern country of al-Remal, lives a life of luxury in opulent palaces. But repressive al-Remal discourages intelligence and initiative, so her life is also one of stark contrasts: wearing designer gowns at home, but never stepping outside without being swathed in black veils and accompanied by an escort.

Amira is not prepared for the sadistic savagery of her new husband, nor for the increasing control he exerts over her. Fearing for her safety, she escapes with her baby to start a new life in the United States. But her past—and her powerful husband—won’t give her up easily. . . .

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About Soheir Khashoggi

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Soheir Khashoggi was born in Alexandria, Egypt. A member of one of Saudi Arabia's most prominent families, she has used her influence to highlight the plight of women across the Arab world. She has participated in conferences worldwide and was a speaker at the international Women's World Forum Against Violence, an organization founded by Queen Sofia of Spain. Ms. Khashoggi has four daughters and lives in New York City.
Published April 1, 2007 by Forge Books. 452 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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There, the adolescent Amira became painfully aware of Islam's harsh and restrictive practices toward women when she witnessed the death by stoning of her friend Laila, who, married to an old man, had committed the unforgivable sin of adultery with Amira's handsome brother, Malik.

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