The Ruins of Us (Paperback)
|Author: Keija Parssinen|
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|A Saudi-born author''s stunning debut novel tells the story of a Saudi billionaire and the turmoil and heartbreak that rock his family after his American wife discovers he has taken a second bride, and his son begins an ominous journey towards radicalism.|
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Saudi-born author Keija Parssinens stunning debut offers the intricate, emotionally resonant story of an American expatriate who discovers that her husband, a Saudi billionaire, has taken a second bridean emotionally turbulent revelation that blinds them both to their teenaged sons ominous first steps down the road of radicalization. Readers of The Septembers of Shiraz will be captivated by Parssinens story of love and betrayal, fundamentalism, family and country in the Middle East. Anthony Swofford, author of Jarhead, hails Parssinens characters as richly conceived, and her evocative petrol universe of wealth, privilege, and intrigue is unforgettable, characterizing The Ruins of Us as having powerful storytelling that is refreshing and entertaining.
"[This] is a transporting novel that brings together the distinct worlds of Texas and Saudi Arabia through the turbulent times of one family's experience. By the novel's end, each character attempts to regain footing within the new understanding and configuration of the family. And for the reader, it becomes a world that is familiar and foreign all at once." - S. Kirk Walsh 02/11/2012