Girls of Riyadh
By Rajaa Alsanea
(Penguin Press HC, The, Hardcover, 9781594201219, 304pp.)
Publication Date: July 5, 2007
When Rajaa Alsanea boldly chose to open up the hidden world of Saudi womentheir private lives and their conflicts with the traditions of their cultureshe 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.
1. Gamrah's mother believes that "woman is to man as butter is to sun." Do all the men in this novel have a corrupting influence on the women who love them?