Goodreads asked Denise Roig:

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

Denise Roig My most recent collection of short stories is Brilliant. We'd been living in Abu Dhabi for a few months and I'd already begun writing freelance pieces for The National, the new (then) English-language newspaper. The more I was out in the city meeting people, observing the way various groups lived (Western expats, migrant workers from the Sub-Continent, Emiratis), the clearer it became that I needed to set some new short stories here. Abu Dhabi is a place of such extremes, such a strange country really, that it felt rich for fiction.

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