In an unnamed Middle Eastern city, four women from different social and cultural backgrounds tell their story.
There is Suha, an educated Lebanese woman brought to the desert by her husband; Tamr, who must fight against male rule to educate herself; Suzanne, captivated by the men and the mystery of the Arabian desert; and Nur, in fierce pursuit of lovers (male and female) and foreign adventures - but her husband has her passport.
All four women struggle in a society where women cannot drive a car, walk in the streets unveiled, or travel without male permission.
It is a society where sex, due to its constraints, becomes an obsession.
These women are treated to every luxury except that which they truly desire - freedom.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 19/04/2010
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781408805909