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Author Harithi, Jukhah, author

Title Celestial bodies / Jokha Alharthi ; translated by Marilyn Booth
Published Dingwall, Ross-shire, Scotland : Sandstone Press, [2018]
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Description xi, 243 pages : genealogical table ; 20 cm
Summary Celestial Bodies is set in the village of al-Awafi in Oman, where we encounter three sisters: Mayya, who marries Abdallah after a heartbreak; Asma, who marries from a sense of duty; and Khawla who rejects all offers while waiting for her beloved, who has emigrated to Canada. These three women and their families witness Oman evolve from a traditional, slave-owning society slowly redefining itself after the colonial era, to the crossroads of its complex present. Elegantly structured and taut, Celestial Bodies is a coiled spring of a novel, telling of Oman's coming-of-age through the prism of one family's losses and loves.
Notes Translation of "Sayyidat al-qamar" (literal translation: 'Ladies of the Moon').
Translated from the Arabic
2019 Man Booker International Winner
Subject Sisters -- Fiction
Families -- Oman -- Fiction
Oman -- Social life and customs -- Fiction
Genre/Form Historical fiction.
Reading nook.
Author Booth, Marilyn, translator
ISBN 9781912240166 paperback
Other Titles Sayyidat al-qamar. English