By Jean Sasson
All of it starts with an advert within the newspaper. while Jean Sasson, a tender Southern lady residing in Jacksonville seashore, Florida, solutions a choice to paintings within the royal medical institution in Saudi Arabia, what must have been a two-year remain becomes a life-changing event spanning over a decade. through the years Jean is plunged into the hidden lives of the veiled ladies in Riyadh, the place girls are locked in sumptuous houses and fundamentalist mutawas terrorize the streets. Jean meets ladies from all walks of life--a feisty bedouin, an informed mom, a conservative spouse of a high-ranking Saudi, and a Saudi princess the area understands as Princess Sultana--all who open a window into Saudi tradition and support to reshape Jean's worldviews. AMERICAN CHICK IN SAUDI ARABIA is the 1st installment in a heartfelt, inspiring memoir approximately Jean's thirty-year travels and adventures in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Kuwait and Iraq.
Jean's first booklet THE RAPE OF KUWAIT, in keeping with her eye witness reporting at the invasion of Kuwait through Iraqi troops, used to be an instantaneous bestseller. almost immediately thereafter she turned a full-time author. Her subsequent 3 books, PRINCESS, PRINCESS SULTANA'S DAUGHTERS, and PRINCESS SULTANA'S CIRCLE, grew to become foreign sensations as they have been the 1st books to carry to the western international the stunning tales approximately lifestyles for girls in Saudi Arabia. Jean can be the writer of MAYADA, DAUGHTER OF IRAQ, concerning the legal stories of an Iraqi journalist praised by means of Saddam Hussein; LOVE IN A TORN LAND: the real tale of a Freedom Fighter's break out from Iraqi Vengeance which tells the tale of a pretty Kurdish lady; turning out to be UP BIN encumbered: Osama's spouse and Son Take Us into Their mystery international; and FOR the affection OF A SON: One Afghan Woman's Quest for Her Stolen baby. Her paintings has been featured in humans, self-importance Fair,The ny occasions, The Washington submit, the recent Yorker, the recent York publish, The Sunday London instances, The dad or mum, CNN, FOX, NBC, and lots of different information organizations.
nonetheless touring the realm, Jean has made her homebase in Atlanta, Georgia the place she is a passionate animal rights and women's rights supporter.
compliment FOR JEAN SASSON'S BOOKS:
“Fascinating...an intimate account of a kin lifestyles that turned gradually extra harmful and bizarre...in pressured pursuit of Osama’s jihadist dreams.” --Washington Post
"The startling fact at the back of veiled lives...frank and vibrant" --Sunday Express
"Anyone with the slightest curiosity in human rights will locate this e-book heart-wrenching." --Betty Mahmoody, bestselling writer of now not with no MY DAUGHTER
"A interesting narrative...devastating" --Robert Harris, Sunday Times
"Absolutely riveting and profoundly sad..." --People magazine
"A chilling story...a bright account of an air-conditioned nightmare..." --Entertainment Weekly
"Must-reading for somebody attracted to human rights." --USA Today
"Shocking...candid...sad, sobering, and compassionate..." --San Francisco Chronicle
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Well... I... " "He insults me! He claims I cackle so loud he appears to work out me lay an egg! " "What brought... " Her voice is so shrill that I carry the telephone receiver clear of my ear. "Khalid says my voice is so noisy that his mom can listen me in her condo! Jean! His mom lives in Taif! " "When did this ensue? " Her proud mood is shining. "God is counting my tears! " "What... " "Khalid will endure at God's arms for each tear! " Her voice breaks, "I want i'll reason his demise with one look! " "Asma, listen... " She heaves a sob ahead of threatening, "Tonight whereas he sleeps, i'm going to tear out his eyes with thorns! " attempting to flip her feelings, I steer her into logical concept. "What will you do? " Painful sobs rend the air. "I supply him my attractiveness and he declines! " I repeat, "What will you do? " "What am i able to do? " "Tell him no, that you'll now not settle for a moment spouse. " "He can do what he pleases. he's a guy! " realizing this isn't the simplest time to raise our prior dialog concerning the loss of lady energy and private freedom, I say not anything of what i actually think. i've got realized in the course of my time within the nation that the single worry that almost each Saudi lady stocks is the phobia that their husband will come domestic with one other spouse. the potential of the second one spouse retains so much Saudi girls insincerely obedient. i need her to be resolute. "Well. you'll want to divorce him. you're a filthy rich lady on your personal correct. you're highly intelligent. you could personal a company or discover a activity. convey him that you're able to a whole existence with out him. " "I can't. " Her voice drops. "He may possibly take my daughter. " Her buoyant spirit all of sudden shrank from the contemplation of destiny soreness. "For one other girl to elevate? i couldn't undergo it. " "Perhaps now not. Ask him. " i do know that a few knowledgeable Muslim males don't constantly press the difficulty of custody while the kid in query is woman. "Perhaps Khalid will let you hold your purely daughter. " "Never could he agree! " "Who is he to marry? " Her silence hung like a dreaded cleaver. ultimately she admits the painful fact. "My cousin. Khalid goes to marry my younger cousin. She is barely eighteen years of age. " "Oh, my. " "This lady is sort of a sparrow, by no means announcing a notice! i'm a songbird! Why could my husband desire a sparrow whilst he has a songbird? " by no means may possibly I converse the fair phrases that will so wound my good friend. ultimately her sobs develop into so loud that she is not able to proceed the dialog. i think so unhappy. even though i need Asma to take the time to get custody of her baby and dossier for divorce, i do know that Asma will bow to the infallibility of Saudi culture. she is going to settle for this indignity to her existence. The joyous Asma will most likely by no means back comprehend the happiness and enjoyment that her naïve nature supplied her. I take a seat by myself with my ideas for a very long time, thinking about what attainable recommendation i will be able to supply Asma. My strategies flip to Nayam, who's clever and expert. Nayam equipped her hopes round the notion of operating in her selected profession. yet her husband acknowledged no. Nayam could have welcomed one other spouse into her domestic to hold the weight of mothering her husband's young children.