The (Mis)Adventures of a Single City Chick

One writer chick's musings of life in the "single" world...and just about anything else that comes to mind.

Friday, September 03, 2010

September Book Giveaway Contest

We’re switching it up a bit this month with the book giveaway. While darker than the recent books I’ve featured on my blog, this new release centers on strong women dealing with a culture notorious for expecting women to be quiet and unassuming. The setting: the clandestine underworld of the Middle East. The plot: a murder mystery where the female protagonist isn’t just battling the local police in her quest for justice, but also her own culture’s iron-fisted discriminatory views.

About the Book (from Women in Saudi Arabia are expected to lead quiet lives circumscribed by Islamic law and tradition. But Katya, one of the few women in the medical examiner's office, is determined to make her work mean something.

When the body of a brutally beaten woman is found on the beach in Jeddah, the city's detectives are ready to dismiss the case as another unsolvable murder-chillingly common in a city where the veils of conservative Islam keep women as anonymous in life as the victim is in death. If this is another housemaid killed by her employer, finding the culprit will be all but impossible.

Only Katya is convinced that the victim can be identified and her killer found. She calls upon her friend Nayir for help, and soon discovers that the dead girl was a young filmmaker named Leila, whose controversial documentaries earned her many enemies.

With only the woman's clandestine footage as a guide, Katya and Nayir must confront the dark side of Jeddah that Leila struggled to expose: an underworld of prostitution, violence, exploitation, and jealously guarded secrets. Along the way, they form an unlikely alliance with an American woman whose husband has disappeared. Their growing search takes them from the city's car-clogged streets to the deadly vastness of the desert beyond.

In CITY OF VEILS, award-winning author Zoë Ferraris combines a thrilling, fast-paced mystery with a rare and intimate look into women's lives in the Middle East.

About the Author: Zoë Ferraris moved to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in the aftermath of the first Gulf War. She lived in a conservative Muslim community with her then-husband and his family, a group of Saudi-Palestinians. In 2006, she completed her MFA in Fiction at Columbia University. Her debut novel, “Finding Nouf” (published as Night of the Mi'raj in the UK) is now being published in twenty-five countries. A follow-up novel, “City of Veils,” was released August, 2010. She currently lives in San Francisco.

I will be drawing THREE winners on Friday, September 10th. To enter, just leave a comment on this blog post (US and Canada entries only, please). Please remember to leave your email, so I have a means of contacting you if you are a winner.

Good luck!

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At 1:43 PM, Anonymous Rachel @ HA said...

Intruiging description! I'm always keen on learning about other cultures and this is one I admittedly know little about. I also like that it's combined into a murder mystery :)

At 12:26 PM, Blogger Lucia said...

sounds like a great read Christina!

At 2:31 PM, Blogger Eileen said...

Oooh this looks interesting. The author must have done so much cool research.

At 1:18 AM, Anonymous Lori said...

This sounds really intriguing, Christina! Certainly not your normal murder mystery. Thanks for bringing this author and her book to my attention.

At 7:19 AM, Blogger Jenni said...

I love books that are not only have an interesting premise but teach me about other cultures. If there is one culture we need our minds broadened on, it's Eastern culture!

At 10:20 AM, Anonymous jenny Bernard said...

This sounds so fascinating! Thanks for featuring it on your blog, which is so much fun, by the way.

At 9:32 PM, Blogger meloknee said...

I just fb'd you :) ...Melanie Afshar. I think your blog is AMAZING!!!! I just started my own at

I am adding you to my blogroll ASAP.

At 9:31 PM, Blogger The (Mis)Adventures of a Single City Chick said...

Hi Melanie!

So great to "virtually" meet you! Thanks for the kind words about my blog. I'll have to check yours out soon. :-)


At 1:56 AM, Anonymous James Patterson Book List said...

Sounds like a decent book.


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