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By Jean Sasson

All of it starts with an advert within the newspaper. whilst Jean Sasson, a tender Southern lady dwelling in Jacksonville seashore, Florida, solutions a choice to paintings within the royal clinic in Saudi Arabia, what must have been a two-year remain becomes a life-changing experience 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 realm is familiar with as Princess Sultana--all who open a window into Saudi tradition and aid 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 publication THE RAPE OF KUWAIT, in response to her eye witness reporting at the invasion of Kuwait through Iraqi troops, was once a right away bestseller. presently thereafter she turned a full-time author. Her subsequent 3 books, PRINCESS, PRINCESS SULTANA'S DAUGHTERS, and PRINCESS SULTANA'S CIRCLE, turned foreign sensations as they have been the 1st books to convey to the western global the surprising tales approximately lifestyles for girls in Saudi Arabia. Jean is additionally the writer of MAYADA, DAUGHTER OF IRAQ, in regards to the criminal studies of an Iraqi journalist praised through Saddam Hussein; LOVE IN A TORN LAND: the genuine tale of a Freedom Fighter's break out from Iraqi Vengeance which tells the tale of an attractive Kurdish lady; growing to be UP BIN encumbered: Osama's spouse and Son Take Us into Their mystery global; and FOR the affection OF A SON: One Afghan Woman's Quest for Her Stolen baby. Her paintings has been featured in humans, vainness Fair,The big apple occasions, The Washington submit, the recent Yorker, the recent York submit, The Sunday London occasions, 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.


“ intimate account of a family members lifestyles that grew to become gradually extra risky and pressured pursuit of Osama’s jihadist dreams.” --Washington Post

"The startling fact in the back of veiled lives...frank and brilliant" --Sunday Express

"Anyone with the slightest curiosity in human rights will locate this publication heart-wrenching." --Betty Mahmoody, bestselling writer of no longer with out MY DAUGHTER

"A interesting narrative...devastating" --Robert Harris, Sunday Times

"Absolutely riveting and profoundly sad..." --People magazine

"A chilling story...a vibrant account of an air-conditioned nightmare..." --Entertainment Weekly

"Must-reading for a person drawn to human rights." --USA Today

"Shocking...candid...sad, sobering, and compassionate..." --San Francisco Chronicle

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I take a seat by myself with my techniques for a very long time, considering what attainable suggestion i will be able to supply Asma. My innovations flip to Nayam, who's clever and informed. Nayam equipped her hopes round the notion of operating in her selected occupation. yet her husband acknowledged no. Nayam could have welcomed one other spouse into her domestic to hold the load of mothering her husband's young ones. yet her husband stated no. Now Nayam will proceed having infants until eventually she is past the age of childbirth, simply because her husband says she is going to. I then ponder the plight of Asma, who's appealing and prosperous and too accommodating for her personal reliable. Asma has formed her complete lifestyles round the subject matter of exciting her husband. Her greedy character ensured failure. With the cave in of her well-thought out plan, she's going to exist in a unique form of anguish. Born to stay in a land the place males rule, neither girl had any keep watch over over their very own destinies. the proper to make very important own offerings belongs to their husbands by myself. because the mild of the sunlight becomes the darkish of evening, i need to confess to myself that i've got performed not anything fruitful for both Nayam or Asma. i will not even persuade them to assist themselves. In Saudi Arabia, the facility of guys and expectancies of tradition mixed are so daunting that purely the bravest of ladies can locate the braveness to push for private freedom. I observe once again that i've been silly to think that i may carry swap to the lives of Saudi girls. the one walk in the park i will be able to carry directly to is that this: while one intercourse is in overall cost of the opposite, not anything seems good. no longer love, now not marriage, no longer child-rearing, now not enterprise, now not friendship. In an international the place there isn't any equality among the genders, there isn't any desire for the long run. this can be the challenging lesson that i'm going to research over and over for the subsequent thirty years. Many interesting trips will take me to Lebanon, to Bahrain, to Dubai, to Kuwait, to Iraq, to Thailand, and to many different nations. finally i'm going to befriend ladies who're unafraid to seem the reality in their lives within the face, and who will take activities to enhance their lives and support different ladies. i'll befriend different ladies who're brave and decided. those are the courageous girls who becomes the themes of my books. in the meantime, in this specific evening in Riyadh, I arrange for mattress. within the distance i will pay attention the sounds of Riyadh lifestyles, the decision to prayer, the bustling site visitors. My boyfriend, Peter, is at his villa. day after today he'll visit paintings whereas i'll visit my workplace. we'll develop nearer in our dating till we communicate of marriage. and that i will proceed my watchful stance and check out to make experience of a classy nation that i've got grown to like, a rustic I now name my domestic. the attractive sands of Saudi Arabia, sometimes called "the empty area" a contented Jean Sasson exploring an previous urban, approximately an hour from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Appendix A: replace on existence for ladies in Saudi Arabia it has been thirty-three years considering that I first traveled to reside in Saudi Arabia. so much Saudi girls believed that fab swap may come to the dominion through the 3 many years that experience handed.

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