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Keija Parssinen - The Ruins of Us

Keija Parssinen - The Ruins of Us

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3.6/5 Goodreads

More than two decades after moving to Saudi Arabia and marrying Abdullah Baylani, Rosalie learns that her husband has taken a second wife. The discovery plunges the powerful family into chaos as Rosalie grapples with the prospect of leaving Saudi Arabia, her life and family behind.
Abdullah and Rosalie's personal entanglements also blind them to the crisis approaching their sixteen-year-old son Faisal, whose deepening resentment towards their lifestyle has led to his involvement with a controversial sheikh. When Faisal makes a choice that could destroy everything his family holds dear, all must confront difficult truths as they fight to preserve what remains of their love.

"Having been brought up in Saudi Arabia, [Parssinen] knows the background and writes boldly and unsentimentally of a family's predicament at the edge of cultural fault lines." - Sunday Times
"Intense, evocative and utterly absorbing." - Lucy Caldwell, author of The Meeting Point

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