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`A richly imagined, engaging and poetic insight into a society in transition and into lives previously obscured.''-The Man Booker International Prize judges' `It skilfully builds suspense by creating "Aha!" moments as characters come to better understand their pasts.'-Marcia Lynx Qualey, The National' `Compelling...'-Women In Translation' `Blends the rhythms of daily life with magic and legend.'-Muhammad Barrada' `Well written and multi-faceted, as every book long-listed for the Man Booker International Prize ought to be.'-Dolce Belleza' `Delivers the reader immediately into the world of the marginal, forgotten, most subaltern sectors of society.'-Ibrahim al-Hajari' `This novel is interesting as a lens through which to view an important time in the transition of Omani society'-The Wee Review' `Finished it in a couple of sittings, addictive, compelling, informative and completely fascinating to read! Definitely recommend it, fingers crossed it appears on the short list too.'-Fiona Sharp, Independent Book Reviews; `A beautifully written and very moving story.'-Nicola Sturgeon; `Fascinating.'-The Guardian; `Alharthi has a strong narrative gift, transporting the reader into all the intimacies of a close-knit family group.'-The Bay Magazine; `Brings a distinctive and important new voice to world literature.' -The Irish Times; 'An ambitious, sweeping, highly assured piece of fiction, in which the early 20th century jostles with the present day.' -The Herald

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Jokha Alharthi is the author of two previous collections of short fiction, a children's book, and three novels in Arabic. Fluent in English, she completed a PhD in Classical Arabic Poetry in Edinburgh, and teaches at Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat. She has been shortlisted for the Sahikh Zayed Award for Young Writers and her short stories have been published in English, German, Italian, Korean, and Serbian.

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