April 15, 2012 · 5:30 PM
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Join our wonderful group of ladies as we travel through the adventures of a courageous Saudi Arabian woman, as we read City of Veils by Zoë Ferraris . This month, our brilliant member Erin will be hosting the book club at her home in Decatur. Each book club we assign a particular theme to go along with the book, this time we decided to make it a little more challenging. Since the book is set in Saudi Arabia, the theme will be Saudi Arabian cuisine. What??!! Yep, we threw in a little challenge:) Our group is all about celebrating diversity and different cultures as we get to know one another, so why not add another one to our list. To get an idea of recipes, you can visit: http://www.food.com/recipes/saudi-arabian (just an example, you can look at any other site).
Here is the synopsis for City of Veils (the info is taken from http://www.amazon.com/City-Veils-Novel):
Women in Saudi Arabia are expected to lead quiet lives circumscribed by Islamic law and tradition. But Katya, one of the few women in the medical examiner's office, is determined to make her work mean something.
When the body of a brutally beaten woman is found on the beach in Jeddah, the city's detectives are ready to dismiss the case as another unsolvable murder-chillingly common in a city where the veils of conservative Islam keep women as anonymous in life as the victim is in death. If this is another housemaid killed by her employer, finding the culprit will be all but impossible.
Only Katya is convinced that the victim can be identified and her killer found. She calls upon her friend Nayir for help, and soon discovers that the dead girl was a young filmmaker named Leila, whose controversial documentaries earned her many enemies.
With only the woman's clandestine footage as a guide, Katya and Nayir must confront the dark side of Jeddah that Leila struggled to expose: an underworld of prostitution, violence, exploitation, and jealously guarded secrets. Along the way, they form an unlikely alliance with an American woman whose husband has disappeared. Their growing search takes them from the city's car-clogged streets to the deadly vastness of the desert beyond
Where-Erin's house in Decatur
Theme: Saudi Arabian
Book: City of Veils
Hope to see you there!!