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The author of the book: Maha Gargash
Edition: Harper Perennial
Date of issue: January 26th 2016
ISBN 13: 9780062391384
Format files: PDF
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From the #1 internationally bestselling author of The Sand Fish, Maha Gargash’s second novel is set in mid-1990s Dubai and Cairo and tells the story of how secrets and betrayals consume three members—an authoritarian father, a rebellious abandoned daughter, and a vulnerable niece—of a prominent Emirati family.
Majed, the head of the eminent Naseemy family, is proud to have risen into the upper echelons of Emirati society. As one of the richest businessmen in Dubai, he’s used to being catered to and respected—never mind that he acquired his wealth by cheating his brother out of his own company and depriving his niece, Mariam, of her rights.
Not one to dwell on the past—he sent Mariam to school in Egypt, what more could she want from him?—Majed spends his days berating his wife and staff and cavorting with friends at a private apartment. But he’s suddenly plagued by nightmares that continue to haunt him during the day, and he feels his control further slipping away with the discovery that his niece and his daughter are defying his orders.
Mariam despises Majed, and although she blames him for her father’s death, hers is a strictly-organized, dutiful existence. But when she falls for a brash, mischievous fellow student named Adel, he might just prove to be her downfall.
Largely abandoned by Majed as the daughter of a second, secret marriage, the vivacious Dalal has a lot to prove. The runner-up on “Nights of Dubai,” an American Idol-type reality show for Arab talent, Dalal is committed to being a singer despite the fact that it’s a disreputable career. When her efforts to become a celebrity finally begin to pay off, she attracts the attention of her father, who is determined to subdue Dalal to protect the family name. As Majed increasingly exerts his control over both Dalal and Mariam, both girls resist, with explosive consequences.
An exhilarating look at the little-known Khaleeji (Gulf-Arab) culture, That Other Me explores the ways social mores contribute to the collapse of one family.
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Read information about the authorMaha Gargash was born in Dubai. She has a Bachelors degree in Radio/Television from the George Washington University in Washington D.C. and a Masters from Goldsmiths’ College in London. In 1985, she joined Dubai Television to pursue her interest in documentaries. It was a field that provided extensive travel opportunities and opened many doors. Through her programmes, which focus mainly on traditional Arab societies, she became involved in research and scriptwriting, which evolved into her first novel, The Sand Fish (Oct/Nov 2009).
((( Maha Gargash: In Conversation )))
Maha Gargash is a woman of many talents. As well as researching, scripting, directing and fronting Arabesque, the cultural series on Dubai TV, she rides horses, plays the piano, has a black belt in karate and has just had her first novel, The Sand Fish, published by HarperCollins, a leading American publisher.
Born in Dubai, she was educated in the UK and America but always knew that she would return to her homeland. She began her career at Dubai Television, working mainly on documentaries about traditional Arab societies and has now set up her own TV company.
The Sand Fish: A Novel From Dubai tells the story of a rebellious girl’s passage into womanhood in a country moving from a traditional way of life in 1950s Dubai to the modern society of today. Will Noora finally choose the freedom that love offers or the security of her traditional married life? Written in spare, poetic language that captures both the landscape of the Emirates and the intimacy of domestic life, the book is both a fascinating snapshot of a very different Dubai fifty years ago and an engrossing read. It has already received excellent review coverage and publication in English by a publisher with worldwide reach should ensure the widest possible readership for this Emirati author.
Maha will be talking about how she has broken away from the traditional role of women in the UAE to fulfil her ambitions – first in television and now as a writer – and reading from The Sand Fish.
Maha Gargash on her novel The Sand Fish
Goldsmiths, University of London
London, United Kingdom
Washington, District of Columbia
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