Girls of Riyadh

A Novel

Rajaa Alsanea - Author

Rajaa Alsanea - Translator

Marilyn Booth - Translator

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ISBN 9781101202265 | 304 pages | 05 Jul 2007 | Penguin | 18 - AND UP
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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.

The daring debut by a young Saudi Arabian woman— “imagine Sex and the City, if the city in question were Riyadh”

“ [The] work of a brave, intelligent young woman. One of those rare books with the power to shake up an entrenched society.”
Los Angeles Times “Engaging, enlightening, enjoyable.”
The Seattle Times “A taboo-breaking novel.”
The Washington Post

“ A rare glimpse into ordinary life for young women in Saudi Arabia.”
San Francisco Chronicle

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