Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi audiobook

Celestial Bodies

By Jokha Alharthi
Translated by Marilyn Booth
Read by Laurence Bouvard

Tantor Audio 9781948226943
Unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
  • $37.99

    ISBN: 9781515948490

In the village of al-Awafi in Oman, we encounter three sisters: Mayya, who marries after a heartbreak; Asma, who marries from a sense of duty; and Khawla, who chooses to refuse all offers and await a reunion with the man she loves, who has emigrated to Canada. These three women and their families, their losses and loves, unspool beautifully against a backdrop of a rapidly changing Oman, a country evolving from a traditional, slave-owning society into its complex present. Through the sisters, we glimpse a society in all its degrees, from the very poorest of the local slave families to those making money through the advent of new wealth. The first novel originally written in Arabic to ever win the Man Booker International Prize, and the first book by a female Omani author to be translated into English, Celestial Bodies marks the arrival in the United States of a major international writer.

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Summary

Summary

A Time Magazine Pick of Best Books of the Season

O Magazine's Ten Titles to Pick Up Now selections

A Washington Post Pick of the Season's Best Books

A Chicago Review of Books Pick of the Month

A Southern Living Magazine Pick of the Month

A Christian Science Monitor Best Book of the Month

One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of the Year in Fiction

In the village of al-Awafi in Oman, we encounter three sisters: Mayya, who marries after a heartbreak; Asma, who marries from a sense of duty; and Khawla, who chooses to refuse all offers and await a reunion with the man she loves, who has emigrated to Canada.

These three women and their families, their losses and loves, unspool beautifully against a backdrop of a rapidly changing Oman, a country evolving from a traditional, slave-owning society into its complex present. Through the sisters, we glimpse a society in all its degrees, from the very poorest of the local slave families to those making money through the advent of new wealth.

The first novel originally written in Arabic to ever win the Man Booker International Prize, and the first book by a female Omani author to be translated into English, Celestial Bodies marks the arrival in the United States of a major international writer.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Bright and illuminating.” Wall Street Journal

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Author

Author Bio: Jokha Alharthi

Author Bio: Jokha Alharthi

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Audience: Adult
Language: English