This is a sensuous, romantic, exciting novel of women in search of identity amid historic change, and a fascinating portrait of an ancient nation mired in superstition, magic, and mythology as it emerges into the modern era.
Jasmine and Camelia Rasheed grow to womanhood under the watchful eye of their grandmother inside the walls surrounding a beautiful house on Virgins of Paradise Street in exotic Cairo. They come of age in society in which the subjugation of women is assumed - they must wear veils, are forbidden to leave the house, have no independent rights, and are circumcised to ensure purity and obedience. Each embarks on turbulent personal and professional voyages of discovery: Jasmine, cast out of the family, comes to America; and Camilia sets out to become one of the most famous dancers in the Middle East.
©2008 Barbara Wood; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio
"A warmly gossipy family tale in an exotic setting - and, like most of Wood's novels...spun off with ease and apparent pleasure in the telling." (Kirkus Reviews)
"The story is a 'good read' and translates into a 'good listen' with this production." (AudioFile)
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