G I R L S of R I Y A D H
T R A N S L AT E D B Y
Rajaa Alsanea and Marilyn Booth
THE PENGUIN PRESS
New York 2007
THE PENGUIN PRESS Published by the Penguin Group Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014, U.S.A. • Penguin Group (Canada), 90 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 700,Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4P 2Y3 (a division of Pearson Penguin Canada Inc.) • Penguin Books Ltd, 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL, England • Penguin Ireland, 25 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, Ireland (a division of Penguin Books Ltd) • Penguin Books Australia Ltd, 250 Camberwell Road, Camberwell, Victoria 3124, Australia (a division of Pearson Australia Group Pty Ltd) • Penguin Books India Pvt Ltd, 11 Community Centre, Panchsheel Park, New Delhi – 110 017, India • Penguin Group (NZ), 67 Apollo Drive, Rosedale, North Shore 0745, Auckland, New Zealand (a division of Pearson New Zealand Ltd.) • Penguin Books (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd, 24 Sturdee Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg 2196, South Africa Penguin Books Ltd, Registered Offices: 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL, England First published in 2007 by The Penguin Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. Copyright © Rajaa Alsanea, 2005 Translation copyright © Rajaa Alsanea and Marilyn Booth, 2007 All rights reserved Originally published in Arabic by Dar al Saqi, Beirut. Publisher’s Note This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely coincidental. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CATALOGING IN PUBLICATION DATA Sani’, Raja’ ’Abd Allah. [Banat al-Riyad. English] Girls of Riyadh : a novel / Rajaa Alsanea ; translated by Rajaa Alsanea and Marilyn Booth. p. cm. ISBN: 1-4295-3736-1 I. Booth, Marilyn. II.Title. PJ7962.A55B3613 2007 892.7’36—dc22 2007009389 designed by amanda dewey... [continues]
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