The Ruins of Us

The Ruins of Us

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Saudi-born author Keija Parssinen's stunning debut offers the intricate, emotionally resonant story of an American expatriate who discovers that her husband, a Saudi billionaire, has taken a second bride--an emotionally turbulent revelation that blinds them both to their teenaged son's ominous first steps down the road of radicalization. Readers of The Septembers of Shiraz will be captivated by Parssinen's story of love and betrayal, fundamentalism, family and country in the Middle East. Anthony Swofford, author of Jarhead, hails Parssinen's 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."
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, [2012]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780062064486
Branch Call Number: PAR
Characteristics: 321, 14 pages ; 21 cm


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Jun 23, 2016

Set in Saudi sands, this book explores the official and unofficial culture of the wealthy country during the height of its oil profiteering. I appreciated the protagonist's POV as a mother, wife, and ex-pat so far removed from her Texas home that she no longer relates to the place.

Aug 31, 2013

An enlightening peek into life in the Arab world, the story is told from alternating perspectives of the four main characters. Parssinen accurately conveys the lasting nature of true love, despite times when, perhaps, it is not enough to fulfill us.

Aug 01, 2013

If this had not been a local author, I don't think it would have been chosen as the One Read.

Jul 23, 2012

How would you feel and what would you do if, after giving up your culture and your country, you found out your husband had legally taken a second wife? This is the dilemma that faces Rosalie in her 27th year of marriage to a Saudi man. His choice puts their entire family in crisis, and each individual responds in a different way. An interesting novel.


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Aug 03, 2013

It didn't seem fair, really, that all she had to do was stand there and, through her nakedness, make him a slave.

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