#NowReading – Celestial Bodies – Jokha Alharthi

Technically, I’ll be starting this tomorrow.

This is the first #LBCHorsforth read for 2021.

Jokha Alharthi and translator Marilyn Booth

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.

Amazon

Ok, now I’ve read the blurb, I might have to start it tonight!

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