The Ruins of Us Extract

Article published on January 16, 2012.

The Ruins of Us by Keija Parssinen

More than two decades after moving to Saudi Arabia and marrying Abdullah Baylani, Rosalie learns that her husband has taken a second wife. The discovery plunges the powerful family into chaos as Rosalie grapples with leaving Saudi Arabia, her life, and her family behind.

Abdullah and Rosalie’s consuming personal entanglements also blind them to the crisis approaching their sixteen-year-old son Faisal, whose deepening resentment towards their lifestyle has led to his growing involvement with a controversial sheikh. When Faisal makes an ill-fated choice that could destroy everything his embattled family holds dear, all must confront difficult truths as they fight to preserve what remains of their love.

The Ruins of Us is a timely story about intolerance, family and the injustices we endure for love, and one which offers a fascinating insight into the tensions within contemporary Saudi Arabian society.

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