I am such a champion for this book. It has everything ~ a brutal kidnapping, a mother’s love, real-life marriage, female friendships, history, art and education on Muslim women. What I so very much enjoyed is that the women portrayed, yes, are repressed by the male dominant society, but they also have beautiful friendships and happiness that is so difficult for us to see in our American culture.
I could not get enough of this book. I’ve read some reviews that the book dragged in places and seemed too long, but for me, this was one of those books that could have continued on and on and on and I would have been quite content.
Miranda is an artist living in the fictional Mazrooq when she meets Finn, the EU Ambassador. They fall in love, marry and have a child, Cressie. Miranda’s very independent life changes dramatically when they marry. And, Miranda keeps secrets from Finn that have devastating consequences.
Such a beautiful novel filled to the brim with action, reactions and consequences. It’s a story about marriage and survival, secrets and revelations, love & friendship in all its forms ~ agápe, Éros, philia and familial. One word of caution ~ there are references to bisexualism but those are dealt with in a matter of fact, yet light, touch. Highly recommended for those who enjoy Chris Bohjalian or Ann Patchett.