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The Sand Fish: A Novel from Dubai Paperback – 20 Oct 2009


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“Unadorned, poetic language, filled with well-integrated cultural detail. . . . [A] terrific choice for bookclub discussions. . . . This may find appeal with fans of The Kite Runner.” (Booklist)

“Gargash weaves an enticing tale of a fiery, independent woman. . . . Intimate, well-paced prose. . . . An exciting, passion-filled read that illuminates an intriguing culture through the eyes and experience of a fiesty heroine.” (Publishers Weekly)

“A young woman’s story opens a window into Dubai on the verge of modernity. . . . Seaside and desert locales, along with the transitional time period, give a fresh twist to this standard tradition-versus-modernity plotline. . . . Her setting is original.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Gargash’s poignant plot will appeal to diehard fans of world literature.” (Library Journal)

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A fascinating window into a different culture—and an inspiring and unforgettable universal story of strength and self-reliance—from an extraordinarily wise and lyrical new literary voice

Coming of age in the 1950s, seventeen-year-old Noora is unlike other women of the sun-battered mountains at the tip of the Arabian Peninsula. Though she shares their poverty and, like them, bears life's hardships without complaint, she is also fiery and independent. Following the death of her mother and her father's descent into dazed madness, Noora flees the threat of an arranged marriage, only to be driven back to her unwanted fate by disappointment and heartbreak. As the third wife to a rich, much older man, Noora struggles to adjust to her new home by the sea, thinking of herself as a sand fish—the desert lizard she observed in the mountains, which, when stuck in the wrong place and desperate to escape, smashed itself again and again into unyielding rocks. But then a light is shone into her miserable darkness, resulting in an unexpected passion, a shocking indiscretion, and a secret that could jeopardize Noora's life.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Original edition (20 October 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061744670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061744679
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,45,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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