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The Ruins of Us by Keija Parssinen
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Jan 18, 2012

it was amazing

I had been needing a book to sink into at night, and was thrilled to find just what I needed when a friend gave me this wonderful book.
Parssinen's novel grabbed me from the beginning, when we meet the main character, an American woman named Rosalie, and her teenaged Saudi daughter, Miriam, browsing through the marketplace of a Saudi town.
As the novel moved on, I was given both a riveting plot that kept me up past my bedtime each night, and just enough perfectly-drawn details to help me picture each scene ("the heavens a grayish purple, like dusty plums").
The world of American expats in Saudi Arabia is one I had given little thought to; Parssinen makes it both exotic and real. Two thumbs up.
Only downside: a plane ticket to Saudi is expensive, and now I want to go there.

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