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The Ruins of Us by Keija Parssinen
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Feb 20, 12

bookshelves: contemporary-novel, fiction, literary-club-read, contest-wins, book-discussion
Read from February 17 to 20, 2012

This book deals with cultural divide, bi-racial kids of Arabian and American culture. Rosalie understands if she divorces her husband because of him marrying a second wife, due to his religious beliefs and culture, after twenty years of marriage and secretly married Isra for two years before it all came out--that Abdullah or his male counterparts will keep the children (although they are nearly adults). This is what gives the title of the novel its rightful place: The Ruin of Us. Abdullah selfishly thought of meeting his needs, not those of his family. He is also starting a new family with his second wife.

"But the crime is in the loving...Not the physical acts. Now he (Abdullah) says he loves both of us (Rosalie and Isra). Love, and her name uttered right after it. There's the crime. And I don't give a good goddamn what the Koran says. If you're a human being, you know you can't love two people, not wholly, not at the same time." (page 139).


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