June 08, 2007

48 Hour Book Challenge: Secret Hideaway

Both smothered and protected by the rooftop world of women in her small Arabian village, Malika feels restless. She's growing up and growing older and is realizing that unlike her brother, Jasmim, she will never see faraway horizons or travel the world like he will. Instead, she will take her veil and take her place among the women -- forever. But for tonight, there's a secret in The Shadows of Ghadames. While her father is away on a trip, his second wife rescues a man -- a man and brings him inside their cloistered world. What will happen to him? And will his being there change -- everything?

An excellent piece of historical fiction that explores the role of women in the 19th century in a real city; though the novel is fictional, the southern Libyan city near the borders of Algeria and Tunisia is not! Do check it out!

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