2006-12-21 / Upcoming Events

Book group reads ‘Mirage’

Book group reads ‘Mirage’

The Afternoon Book Discussion at the Jamestown library continues on Jan. 9, the second Tuesday of the month from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. with the novel “Mirage” by Soheir Khashoggi.

This is the last book in this series and the group will select the next six titles at the Jan. 9 discussion.

“In her breathless, larger-thanlife fiction debut, Khashoggi paints in glamorous and startling colors the segregated “women’s world” of traditional upper-class Islamic culture in which females are often showered with luxuries as well as abuse. Set in the fictitious, oil-rich Arab country of al-Remal, the narrative traces how heroine Amira Badir discovers the dangers she faces in her native culture and how she escapes it in order to save her life. As a child, Amira witnessed a married friend stoned to death for bearing the child of her lover. The abuse Amari herself suffers occurs within an arranged marriage to the alternately tender and sadistic Prince Ali al-Rashad, who on one occasion nearly kills her and on another tries to frame her as being unfaithful.

“A French doctor devises a successful plan to secrete the heroine and her young son out of the country and arranges for her new identity and passage to relative safety in the U.S.A., As Amira, now called Jenna, transforms herself into a Harvard-educated psychologist who specializes in battered women, she lives in constant fear that her husband’s henchmen will find and kill her. Ultimately, and predictably, she finds the courage to destroy the mirage of her life and to tell her story to the world.

“Khashoggi’s depiction of the rarefied, claustrophobic lives of many privileged Arab women, as well as of the jet-set world of their families, adds depth and sparkle to a story otherwise constructed from the fantasy and melodrama of a romance novel.” — From Publishers Weekly

For more information, call the library at 423-7280. This novel may be obtained through the Jamestown library by placing holds on one of the many copies in the state available through the Cooperating Libraries Automated Network or CLAN. Registration is not required. The discussions are free and open to the public.

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