The New Yorker - Australian writer Geraldine Brooks is now known internationally for her bestselling novels, but as a foreign correspondent Geraldine spent six years covering the Middle East. And when her poised and sophisticated assistant at the Cairo bureau of the Wall Street Journal suddenly 'adopted the uniform of a Muslim fundamentalist', Geraldine Brooks set out to discover the truth about women and Islam. Sometimes adopting a chador as camouflage, she was granted meetings (and often astonishingly intimate insights) by everyone from Queen Noor of Jordan to former Iranian President Rafsanjani's daughter. She met with Palestinians protesting about 'honour killings' for adultery and sheltered girls transformed into warriors by the Emirates armed forces. Throughout the Middle East, Brooks was invited into the homes and lives of these women where she found real stories that overturn western stereotypes. This beautiful new edition includes a powerful new Afterword by the author.
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by Geraldine Brooks
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"Geraldine Brooks is a thorough writer, and this trait is mirrored in her narration style. The measured pace at which the author delivers her stories of being a Western female journalist in the Middle East may seem pedantic to listeners used to brisker styles. Yet Brooks's deliberate pronunciation suits the content, which unfolds slowly as she spends more time in Saudi Arabia and begins to research women's day-to-day realities throughout the Arab world. The higher pitch and volume she uses to convey dialogue is a welcome change when compared with the near monotone in which the rest of the narration is presented. The conversations Brooks has with women, and her retelling of them, are the liveliest parts of this volume. M.R. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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