The Ruins of Us

Author(s): Keija Parssinen

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More than two decades after moving to Saudi Arabia and marrying Abdullah Baylani, Rosalie learns that her husband has taken a second wife, beautiful Palestinian Isra. The discovery plunges the powerful family into chaos as Rosalie grapples with leaving Saudi Arabia, her life, and her family behind.

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A stunning debut novel about the turmoil and heartbreak that rocks a family when an American wife discovers her Saudi husband has taken a second bride.

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.

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  • : 9780571282739
  • : Faber and Faber
  • : Faber and Faber
  • : January 2012
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : February 2012
  • : books

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  • : Keija Parssinen
  • : Paperback
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  • : 813.6
  • : 336