STRAIGHT PASSAGE by Nancy Dughi

STRAIGHT PASSAGE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Camille Singer, making a waystop in Tangier on the way home to New Orleans from Madrid, meets Joseph Krim, an emancipated, educated Moroccan, and for Camille it is first love at first sight. Offered a job to teach in an American school, she delays her return home, marries Joseph. But there are many ambiguous areas in their marriage: her failure to meet his family and friends- save for his mother, imprisoned in a harem in the Casbah; Joseph's refusal to discuss with her an offer of a better job (actually he is living off her); his disappearances- evenings; and finally the materialization of his ""Number One Wife"", whom he claims to have divorced, and their son. Camille leaves, if only for a few days, during which she is able to reconcile the divergence of their worlds and return to his- with greater trust and tolerance... A first novel has a semi- sweet seriousness and sympathy, but gains most of its interest from its seemingly authentic, unveiled view of a modernizing, westernizing Moslem world.

Publisher: Coward-McCann