Eight Months on Ghazzah Street

Eight Months on Ghazzah Street

Book - 2003 | 1st Picador ed.
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When Frances Shore moves to Saudi Arabia, she settles in a nondescript sublet, sure that common sense and an open mind will serve her well with her Muslim neighbors. But in the dim, airless flat, Frances spends lonely days writing in her diary, hearing the sounds of sobs through the pipes from the floor above, and seeing the flitting shadows of men on the stairwell. It's all in her imagination, she's told by her neighbors; the upstairs flat is empty, no one uses the roof. But Frances knows otherwise, and day by day, her sense of foreboding grows even as her sense of herself begins to disintegrate.

Publisher: New York : Picador, 2003.
Edition: 1st Picador ed.
ISBN: 9780312422899
031242289X
Branch Call Number: FIC MANTEL
Characteristics: 278 p. ; 21 cm.
Alternative Title: 8 months on Ghazzah Street

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WVMLStaffPicks Nov 13, 2014

Chilling, bizarre, fascinating—these all describe the world that Mantel portrays for us. Following her husband, a highly paid executive with a development company, Francis Shore arrives in Saudi Arabia and moves into an isolated apartment. The boredom and barrenness of her daily life are soon consumed by overwhelming feelings of paranoia. The climax builds slowly, and in the end we are left as anxious as Frances! What is really happening here?

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