The Ruins of Us by Keija Parssinen
A Novel (P.S.)

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Saudi-born author Keija Parssinen’s stunning debut offers the intricate, emotionally resonant story of an American expatriate who discovers that her husband, a Saudi billionaire, has taken a second bride—an emotionally turbulent revelation that blinds them both to their teenaged son’s ominous first steps down the road of radicalization. Readers of The Septembers of Shiraz will be captivated by Parssinen’s story of love and betrayal, fundamentalism, family and country in the Middle East. Anthony Swofford, author of Jarhead, hails Parssinen’s characters as “richly conceived, and her evocative petrol universe of wealth, privilege, and intrigue is unforgettable,” characterizing The Ruins of Us as having “powerful storytelling that is refreshing and entertaining.”
 

About Keija Parssinen

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Keija Parssinen was born in Saudi Arabia and lived there for twelve years as a third generation expatriate. She earned a degree in English literature from Princeton University and received her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she held a Truman Capote fellowship and a Teaching and Writing fellowship. For The Ruins of Us, her first novel, she received a Michener-Copernicus award. She lives with her husband on the edge of a quarry in Columbia, Missouri.
 
Published January 17, 2012 by Harper Perennial. 522 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A Saudi patriarch’s decision to take a second wife unsettles more than just his American-raised spouse.

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The Ruins of Us by Keija Parssinen is a fictional book set in Saudi Arabia.

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Faisal is in many ways a typical rebellious teenager, but in Saudi Arabia, rebellion can carry life-altering consequences.

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Didn’t Baba tell you what it would be like?” And Rosalie questions her own wisdom in accepting the life she has led: She wondered if she could be called smart.

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Rosalie has been married to Abdullah and living in Saudi Arabia for 25 years.

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