Zahra's mother uses her as a cover for her meetings with a lover; Zahra's strict father mistreats her for being complicit in her mother's affair. Fleeing from Beirut in search of solace, Zahra stays with her uncle in West Africa and then uses marriage as another kind of escape. Back in Beirut, love finally comes to her, but with terrible consequences. Banned in several Middle Eastern countries since its original publication, The Story of Zahra is an intoxicating, provocative story of a young woman's coming of age in a city torn apart by war.
About the Author
Hanan al-Shaykh, an award-winning journalist, novelist, and playwright, is the author of the short story collectionI Sweep the Sun off Rooftops; the novelsThe Story of Zahra, Women of Sand and Myrrh, Beirut Blues, andOnly in London; and a memoir about her mother, The Locust and the Bird.She was raised in Beirut, educated in Cairo, and lives in London."
"The Story Of Zahra is a classic by any standards."--Village Voice Literary Supplement.
"This rich tale mesmerizes with its frank sexuality and scenes of war-torn Beirut."--Publishers Weekly.