Sex and the City in Saudi! A very readable narrative following four well-to-do young women in Riyadh. The book opens with perhaps the "least favoured" of the group being the first to get married. A triumph - or is it? In short chapters, the nameless narrator tells of her friends' lives in a series of e-mails. A message from her introduces each chapter - she discusses the comments that her soap opera has provoked - some sympathetic, many shocked and critical. She quotes poetry and the koran, mulls over possible book deals that seem to be heading her way... But the true story rests with the four friends - their careers, their families, but principally their love-lives. And what a sorry lot many of their menfolk prove to be! "They are slaves to reactionary customs and ancient traditions even if their enlightened minds pretend to reject such things!" When a relationship fails, of course, there is not just the heartbreak but the social devastation as a woman finds herself no longer eligible, struggling to find a match at all once she's been repudiated by one. And all this alongside the ultra-conservative Saudi world, where women can't drive, organise a business or socialise with men... "The two of us had an agreement not to meet in Riyadh. It's just too difficult, dangerous and awkward. It wouldn't be relaxing like it would be if we were abroad. Outside the country, you can loosen up, you can breathe without worrying who's watching you."