December 2013 - FINDING NOUF

Finding Nouf - Zoe Ferraris
When sixteen-year-old Nouf goes missing, along with a truck and her favorite camel, her prominent family calls on Nayir al-Sharqi, a desert guide, to lead a search party. Ten days later, just as Nayir is about to give up in frustration, her body is discovered by anonymous desert travelers. But when the coroner’s office determines that Nouf died not of dehydration but from drowning, and her family seems suspiciously uninterested in getting at the truth, Nayir takes it upon himself to find out what really happened to her.
This mission will push gentle, hulking, pious Nayir, a Palestinian orphan raised by his bachelor uncle, to delve into the secret life of a rich, protected teenage girl -- in one of the most rigidly gender-segregated of Middle Eastern societies. Initially horrified at the idea of a woman bold enough to bare her face and to work in public, Nayir soon realizes that if he wants to gain access to the hidden world of women, he will have to join forces with Katya Hijazi, a lab worker at the coroner’s office. Their partnership challenges Nayir, bringing him face to face with his desire for female companionship and the limitations imposed by his beliefs. It also ultimately leads them both to surprising revelations.

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  • SELMA R.

    P.S. Sorry Susan that I did not thank you for your kind gift of Santa Claus, but especially the goodies that resided in the package!
    Thank you and have a wonderful holiday and Happy New Year.
    Selma

    December 6, 2013

  • Lynn M.

    I had a really good time last night. I'm really glad I came and didn't feel as lost as I feared I would for not having finished the book. So many interesting, insightful comments. And thanks for the holiday gift, Susan! I love my happy snowman. :-)

    December 6, 2013

  • SELMA R.

    Five stars as always. Very insightful and interesting.

    December 5, 2013

  • Evana

    Work obligations, unfortunately, won't be able to make it. read the book and liked it very much. nice story line but especially liked how the author correctly described the culture and the horrific rules that are forced upon women. I'm sorry to be missing the meeting and wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season. see you all in the new year.

    1 · December 5, 2013

  • SELMA R.

    Lynn,
    You add sooo much to the discussion. Even listening to the ideas of others, I know you will have some feelings about the topic, especially the culture. So try and come. Selma

    December 1, 2013

    • Lynn M.

      It's times like this when I wish I were a speed-reader! The NY Public Library just found the book for me. I could try to read as much as I can by Thursday and come. I'll think about it! Thanks for the encouragement.

      1 · December 2, 2013

  • Lynn M.

    Afraid I never could get my hands on a copy of the book, so I haven't read it. I hope to be there in January. Have a great discussion! Sorry I'll miss it.

    December 1, 2013

    • Susan

      You should come anyway :)

      December 1, 2013

  • Susan

    Hey everyone the voting for December is now open in the POLLS section

    October 1, 2013

  • Sara

    If you want to read a few classic book we can try A Tree grows in Brooklyn or Margery Morningstar

    October 1, 2013

  • Regina S.

    I vote for Jumoa Lahari's book, The Lowlands. I love her books and short stories. The Lowlands got a very good review,

    September 30, 2013

  • Stella R.

    Hi Susan, how about:
    The Lowland, Lahiri, writer of Namesake and Interpreter of Maladies
    The Big Crowd, Kevin Baker
    Paradise Alley
    Empty Mansions

    1 · September 30, 2013

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