Books by Marilyn Booth

CELESTIAL BODIES by Jokha Alharthi
Released: Oct. 15, 2019

"A richly layered, ambitious work that teems with human struggles and contradictions, providing fascinating insight into Omani history and society."
Omani author Alharthi's novel, the first by a woman from that country to be translated into English, won the 2019 International Man Booker Prize with its sweeping story of generational and societal change. Read full book review >
THE PENGUIN'S SONG by Hassan Daoud
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"A novel that defies expectations as it summons up the displacement and dehumanization that can come with war."
Daoud's claustrophobic novel hauntingly conveys one family's isolation after being relocated during the Lebanese civil war. Read full book review >
GIRLS OF RIYADH by Rajaa Alsanea
Released: July 9, 2007

"Perfunctory storytelling attracts greater interest because of its unusual origins."
Alsanea's debut, which sparked controversy in her native Saudi Arabia, concerns four wealthy Muslim girlfriends who support each other in the quest for the perfect husband. Read full book review >
THE OPEN DOOR by Latifa al-Zayyat
Released: March 1, 2001

This classic Egyptian novel, first published in 1960, was awarded the first Naguib Mahfouz medal for Literature in 1996. It's set approximately during the decade following WWII, when agitation for independence from continuing British rule leads gradually to the 1952 revolution and the 1956 Suez Crisis—and concentrated on the complex, solidly realized characters of al-Zayyat's activist heroine Layla (a probable authorial surrogate) and her brother Mahmud. Despite employing them (and several other characters) as representative politicized figures, al-Zayyat builds this increasingly absorbing novel into a searching examination of the conflicting (and conjoined) claims of individual liberty and national destiny. Superbly translated by Booth, who contributes a lengthy, illuminating Introduction. Arguably the best modern novel not written by Nobel laureate Mahfouz. Oprah's people ought to have a look at this one. Read full book review >