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گمشده شهرزاد by Susan Fletcher
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Apr 14, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: girl-power, mystery, historical_fiction
Recommended for: historical fiction fans
Read in April, 2008

A unique retelling of the Arabian Nights story. Marjan is a young woman and a crippled orphan living with her aunt and uncle. She adores stories the way children love candy. She has the highest respect for Shahrazad, who is married to the Sultan and has stopped his spree of marrying and killing a wife each day by keeping him mesmerized with her storytelling.

One day, Marjan visits the palace so her aunt can sell some of their jewelry to the women living in the harem. While her aunt is dealing with the business, Marjan uses the opportunity to tell a story to the children at the harem. Shahrazad's sister overhears the story and drags Marjan off to meet Shahrazad herself, who has exhausted nearly every tale she knows and who's death is imminent if she does not learn a new tale soon. Marjan is moved to the palace so that she will be able to provide Shahrazad with new stories. But there's a problem, one story she's told Shahrazad evidently has a second part...that she is completely unaware of.

So find out just how hard it is for a woman to leave the palace in search for the end of a story. But stories have been saving Shahrazad's life so far, as well as the lives of hundreds of women over the past several years she has been telling them. And Marjan will do anything to save the life of her heroine.

~Lisa S.

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