Celestial Bodies

Celestial Bodies

Book - 2018
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"Celestial Bodies is set in the village of al-Awafi in Oman, where we encounter three sisters: Mayya, who marries Abdallah after a heartbreak; Asma, who marries from a sense of duty; and Khawla who rejects all offers while waiting for her beloved, who has emigrated to Canada. These three women and their families witness Oman evolve from a traditional, slave-owning society slowly redefining itself after the colonial era, to the crossroads of its complex present."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Inverness, Scotland : Sandstone Press Ltd, [2018]
ISBN: 9781912240166
Branch Call Number: HAR
Characteristics: 243 pages : genealogical table ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Booth, Marilyn

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List - A World of Words
BPL_staff_adult Apr 22, 2021

A sweeping multi-generational story that captures the small shifts that separate old Oman from the new. This is the first book originally written in Arabic to win the International Booker Prize (2019) and the first book by a female Omani writer to be translated into English.

List - It's a winner!
BPL_staff_adult Jul 18, 2020

Winner of the Man Booker International Prize, translated from Arabic, Celestial Bodies tells the story of three sisters: Maaya in a loveless marriage, Asma who wants something very different and Khawla who rejects proposals as she is committed to a man who has migrated to Canada. Their stories pr... Read More »


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