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2008-07-23 09:01:22

CHICAGO _ It's not clear if Rajaa Alsanea's first novel, "Girls of Riyadh," was banned in Saudi Arabia because it became a Middle East best seller or if it became a best seller because it was banned. Either way, it was a surprise for Alsanea, a soft-spoken 26-year-old Saudi who is studying dentistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She wrote the book, which follows the lives of four upper-class young Saudi women who struggle to find love in a restrictive society, in her spare...

2006-01-25 21:40:00

By Andrew Hammond RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Gay teen-agers, predatory lesbians, women drinking alcohol at weddings, husbands with unsavory sexual demands. With characters like that, "The Girls of Riyadh" is not your run-of-the-mill depiction of life in Muslim Saudi Arabia, one of the world's most restricted and conservative societies. Though technically banned here, Rajaa al-Sanie's frank and sometimes shocking insight into the closed world of Saudi women is making waves four months after its...

2006-01-19 23:30:41

By Andrew Hammond RIYADH (Reuters) - Gay teenagers, predatory lesbians, women drinking alcohol at weddings, husbands with unsavoury sexual demands. With characters like that, "The Girls of Riyadh" is not your run-of-the-mill depiction of life in Muslim Saudi Arabia, one of the world's most restricted and conservative societies. Though technically banned here, Rajaa al-Sanie's frank and sometimes shocking insight into the closed world of Saudi women is making waves four months after...


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