THE RUINS OF US

KEIJA PARSSINEN

American born Rosalie is content living in Saudi Arabia with her powerful and wealthy Saudi husband Abdullah Baylani. They have two beautiful kids, Faisal who at sixteen resents what he sees as his family’s decadent ways, longs for purity and Allah and studies with a fundamentalist sheik. Miriam, their daughter, is younger and wants to change the country in ways that will bring greater freedom to women. One morning when out at a jewellery store, the owner asks if Rosalie liked her anniversary present of black onyx earrings. It is then she realizes that her husband has taken a second wife which is legal but almost never done in Saudi society. Rosalie’s world falls apart.

It was an interesting read to have this peek into Saudi and expat lifestyles.

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