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Postby BlueWater on Thu Nov 17, 2011 6:42 pm

Finding Nouf is a San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller and winner of the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. It was also chosen as one of the Best New Voices of the Year by Waterstone's Booksellers, one of the Ten Best Novels of the Spring by The Independent. It was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and a Book Sense pick.

Life in Saudi Arabia is notoriously opaque. Closed to most outsiders and with women covered and often kept isolated, it is hard to imagine, much less penetrate, the social and personal customs and daily lives of the people who live there. First-time author Zoë Ferraris takes readers inside Saudi society with her exciting novel, FINDING NOUF. It is a tale of secrets and sensuality, propriety and identity --- and it is a good mystery as well.

When sixteen-year-old Nouf goes missing, her prominent family calls on Nayir Sharqi, a pious desert guide, to lead the search party. Ten days later, just as Nayir is about to give up in frustration, her body is discovered by anonymous desert travelers. When the coroner's office determines that Nouf died not of dehydration but from drowning, and her family seems suspiciously uninterested in getting at the truth, Nayir takes it upon himself to find out what really happened.
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Postby BlueWater on Thu Nov 17, 2011 6:51 pm

FINDING NOUF is a solid debut. It is interesting, smart and never falls back on easy answers or simple stereotypes. The characters are finely portrayed, and the strict Islamic culture is shown honestly but with great respect. Nayir is the Saudi man we don't commonly imagine: traditional yet kind, religious yet sensitive. The book is more literary than many murder mysteries but just as entertaining and is sure to please readers who wouldn't normally pick up a mystery. Saudi Arabia is a country most of us will only travel to in books, and Ferraris's story brings it to life for readers with a well-told narrative.

PRAISE

"What's remarkable about this debut is that its mystery takes place within a culture that is largely under wraps... The thriller plot is well-placed. But it's the individual journeys of Nayir and Katya, who abide by society's strictures even as they are frustrated by them, that elevate Finding Nouf to a larger human drama."
—Entertainment Weekly

"A finely tuned character study... both particularly well-crafted and readily accessible for American readers. Just make sure you turn up the air-conditioning before sitting down to read."
—Christian Science Monitor
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