Girls of Riyadh

Girls of Riyadh

Book - 2007
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This debut novel, banned in the author's own country, reveals the social, romantic, and sexual tribulations of four young women from the elite classes of Saudi Arabia. Every week after Friday prayers, the anonymous narrator sends an email to the female subscribers of her online chat group. In fifty such emails over the course of a year, we witness the tragicomic reality of four university students negotiating their love lives, their professional success, and their rebellions, large and small, against their cultural traditions. The world these women inhabit is a modern one that contains "Sex and the City," dating, and sneaking out of their parents' houses, and all this causes the girls to collide endlessly with ancient customs. The never-ending cultural conflicts underscore the tumult of being an educated modern woman growing up in the 21st century amid a culture firmly rooted in an ancient way of life.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2007
ISBN: 9781594201219
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: viii, 286 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Booth, Marilyn
Alternative Title: Banāt al-Riyāḍ. English


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Jan 17, 2015

they got some issues and they come out of it pretty well sort of like Persepolis with a little more lipstick and pathos a good read about what women in repressed circumstances have to deal with.

Jun 24, 2012

An interesting look at upper-class Saudi women and their difficulties in love and marriage. I found the style flat, however, and the constant focus on "finding a man" tiring after a while. I wanted to feel connected with the characters, but it didn't happen.


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