The Story of Zahra by Hanan al-Shaykh

By Hanan al-Shaykh

With greater than 21,000 copies in print of  Women Of Sand And Myrrh, and extra than  15,000 copies of the tale Of  Zahra, Hanan al-Shaykh is the simplest identified and most  admired lady author of the Arab international. The paperback  publication of Zahra will bring  this passionate and brave novel to a much  larger crew of readers. Its haunting tale of a  young Lebanese girl who makes an attempt to stem the  violence in Beirut by way of beginning a sexual liaison with a  sniper has "lifted the nook of a dark  curtain" (Sunday Telegraph )  from a global that fascinates us  all.

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By the time I ran out of “oh, really” and “you don’t say” comments, I was blatantly engaged in visual flirting with Iain, and more than ready to pounce on him when the ladies left me for richer fields. Which they did. Finally. “Hello,” I said breathily, craning my head to look up at the vision of Scotliness as he strolled forward. “Morning,” he greeted me, handing me a copy of my book and flashing a smile that, if I hadn’t been sitting down, would have knocked me over flat. I craned my head even farther back and smiled in return, noting bemusedly that he had a long nose but it fit his face well.

Oh, yes, of course, thank you,” I said to the woman, who, with her twin in a matching jersey, had been my sole visitors to the signing table. “We’re from Devonshire, Janice and I are. Janice works at Oxfam,” the bulky woman said chattily. I smiled at Janice. She tittered in response. “I’m a secretary, but we both read quite a bit. ” She leaned down to whisper in my ear. I glanced over her back and raised an eyebrow at Iain. He winked. I puddled. ” Now, that had my attention. ” Janice’s twin nodded.

Which they did. Finally. “Hello,” I said breathily, craning my head to look up at the vision of Scotliness as he strolled forward. “Morning,” he greeted me, handing me a copy of my book and flashing a smile that, if I hadn’t been sitting down, would have knocked me over flat. I craned my head even farther back and smiled in return, noting bemusedly that he had a long nose but it fit his face well. He smiled, I smiled, we smiled. My mind took a little vacation and spent some time wandering around a lovely country in which there was Iain, and there was me, and there was not a whole lot else.

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