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Publisher's Summary

Virgins of Paradise is a magnificent saga about the women in a rich, aristocratic Egyptian family, by the author of Green City in the Sun and The Dreaming.This is a sensuous, romantic, exciting novel of women in search of identity amid historic change, and a fascinating portrait of an ancient nation mired in superstition, magic, and mythology as it emerges into the modern era.Jasmine and Camelia Rasheed grow to womanhood under the watchful eye of their grandmother inside the walls surrounding a beautiful house on Virgins of Paradise Street in exotic Cairo. They come of age in society in which the subjugation of women is assumed - they must wear veils, are forbidden to leave the house, have no independent rights, and are circumcised to ensure purity and obedience. Each embarks on turbulent personal and professional voyages of discovery: Jasmine, cast out of the family, comes to America; and Camilia sets out to become one of the most famous dancers in the Middle East.
©2008 Barbara Wood; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio
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Critic Reviews

"A warmly gossipy family tale in an exotic setting - and, like most of Wood's novels...spun off with ease and apparent pleasure in the telling." (Kirkus Reviews)
"The story is a 'good read' and translates into a 'good listen' with this production." (AudioFile)
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4 out of 5 stars
By C Ohana on 11-13-08

eye opening

I enjoyed this book - it kept me intertained on a 4 day road trip. The different cultural perspectives were interesting and scary at the same time.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Hope N. Daley on 05-24-18

Highly recommend!!

This was beautifully written and beautifully narrated. It was recommended to me by a friend from Spain, and I recommend it to you. Not only is the story heartfelt, it does a great job tracing the metamorphoses of a country and a culture during a tumultuous time in history.

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