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The occasional virgin

Author: Ḥanān Shaykh; Catherine Cobham
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Fiction : English : First American editionView all editions and formats
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In this frank and fearless novel, acclaimed writer Hanan al-Shaykh follows the tumultuous lives and sometimes shocking choices of women successful in their careers but unlucky in love. On a sunny beach on the Italian Riviera, two thirtysomething women, Yvonne and Huda, relax by the sparkling sea. But despite the setting, as their vacation unfolds, their complicated pasts seep through to the idyllic present. Both  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Electronic books
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Shaykh, Ḥanān.
Occasional virgin.
New York : Pantheon Books, [2018]
(DLC) 2017059865
(OCoLC)1006804899
Material Type: Document, Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ḥanān Shaykh; Catherine Cobham
ISBN: 9781524747527 1524747521
OCLC Number: 1045426220
Language Note: In English, translated from the Arabic.
Notes: Consists of the English translation of two Arabic works previously published separately under the titles: Imra'atān ʻalā shāṭi' al-baḥr (2003), and, ʻAdhārá Lundunistān (2015).
Description: 1 online resource
Other Titles: Novels.
Responsibility: Hanan al-Shaykh ; translated from the Arabic by Catherine Cobham.

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In this frank and fearless novel, acclaimed writer Hanan al-Shaykh follows the tumultuous lives and sometimes shocking choices of women successful in their careers but unlucky in love. On a sunny beach on the Italian Riviera, two thirtysomething women, Yvonne and Huda, relax by the sparkling sea. But despite the setting, as their vacation unfolds, their complicated pasts seep through to the idyllic present. Both women spent their childhoods in Lebanon--Yvonne raised in a Christian family, Huda in a Muslim one--and they now find themselves torn between the traditional worlds they were born into and the successful professional identities they've created. Three months later, when Huda (a theater director from Toronto) visits Yvonne (an advertising executive) in London, a chance encounter with a man at Speaker's Corner leads to profound repercussions for them both. As the novel continues, each woman will undertake her own quest for love and romance, revenge and fulfillment. Witty and wry, The Occasional Virgin is a poignant and perceptive tale for our time.

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