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When Sophia Al-Maria's mother sends her away from rainy Washington State to stay with her husband's desert-dwelling Bedouin family in Qatar, she intends it to be a sort of teenage cultural boot camp. What her mother doesn't know is that there are some things about growing up that are universal. In Qatar, Sophia is faced with a new world she'd only imagined as a child. She sets out to find her freedom, even in the most unlikely of places.

Both family saga and coming-of-age story, The Girl Who Fell to Earth takes readers from the green valleys of the Pacific Northwest to the dunes of the Arabian Gulf and on to the sprawling chaos of Cairo. Struggling to adapt to her nomadic lifestyle, Sophia is haunted by the feeling that she is perpetually in exile: hovering somewhere between two families, two cultures, and two worlds. She must make a place for herself—a complex journey that includes finding young love in the Arabian Gulf, rebellion in Cairo, and, finally, self-discovery in the mountains of Sinai.

The Girl Who Fell to Earth heralds the arrival of an electric new talent and takes us on the most personal of quests: the voyage home.

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The Girl Who Fell to Earth
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4 / 5
Good style.
September 2nd, 2014
Gives good insight into Qatari culture, which is gradually changing now, truth be told. Not so much into Egyptian culture, which it is not required to, I guess, since this is simply a memoir. Very detailed and descriptive, which one enjoys generally, but the constant mentioning of labels and brands of objects, TV and movie characters, etc. was a bit much for me.. Although not my favorite kind of book, can't give it less than 4 stars.
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