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The Ruins of Us by Keija Parssinen
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May 19, 2012

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Read from May 19 to 28, 2012

In the opening scene of Keija Parssinen’s novel, The Ruins of Us, we meet Rosalie, a red-headed Texan who has been living in Saudi Arabia for more than two decades. In these first pages, Rosalie discovers that her Saudi husband of 28 years has taken a second wife.

The novel has four plot lines, some more convincing than others. Many books have been set in Saudi featuring the same clichéd images, and Ruins of Us has some of that, too. Yes, it would be easy to criticize Ruins of Us in this regard, declaring this scene as unbelievable or that character as stereotypical. However, to do so would miss the point. This is a worthwhile novel, a new take on an old setting—with authentic details throughout. In the end, it’s a story about a cross-cultural family falling apart and trying to come back together.

To read my complete review, see: http://arabiczeal.com/book-review-rui...
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Sue Braunschweig Thanks. I am looking forward to reading this book.


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