Nine Parts of Desire

The Hidden World of Islamic Women

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Geraldine Brooks offers an intimate, often shocking portrait of the lives of modern Muslm women, and shows how male pride and despotic power have warped the original message of a once liberating faith. A captivating work of firsthand reportage, Nine Parts of Desire is also an acute analysis of the world's fastest-growing religion, deftly illustrating how Islam's holiest texts have been misused to justify repression of women.
© Randi Baird
Geraldine Brooks is the author of six novels, including Horse, People of the Book, Year of Wonders, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning March. She has also written two acclaimed works of nonfiction, Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence. Her writing has been translated into over 25 languages and has collectively sold millions of copies around the world. Born and raised in Australia, Brooks lives in Massachusetts. View titles by Geraldine Brooks
“Frank, enraging, and captivating.”
The New Yorker

“Powerful and enlightening...Brooks presents stunning vignettes of Muslim women...and carefully distinguishes misogyny and oppressive cultural traditions from what she considers the true teachings of the Koran.”
Publishers Weekly

“There has been nothing finer on the subject from a Western observer...she looks at it from the heart...mixing historical perspective with piercingly observed journalism.”
Newsday

“Avoids both the sensational and the stereotypical...insightful...a valid, entertaining account of women in the Muslim world.”
New York Times Book Review

“A rare look at a significant segment of the world's population that literally has been cloaked in mystery for generations.”
Seattle Times

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Geraldine Brooks offers an intimate, often shocking portrait of the lives of modern Muslm women, and shows how male pride and despotic power have warped the original message of a once liberating faith. A captivating work of firsthand reportage, Nine Parts of Desire is also an acute analysis of the world's fastest-growing religion, deftly illustrating how Islam's holiest texts have been misused to justify repression of women.

Author

© Randi Baird
Geraldine Brooks is the author of six novels, including Horse, People of the Book, Year of Wonders, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning March. She has also written two acclaimed works of nonfiction, Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence. Her writing has been translated into over 25 languages and has collectively sold millions of copies around the world. Born and raised in Australia, Brooks lives in Massachusetts. View titles by Geraldine Brooks

Praise

“Frank, enraging, and captivating.”
The New Yorker

“Powerful and enlightening...Brooks presents stunning vignettes of Muslim women...and carefully distinguishes misogyny and oppressive cultural traditions from what she considers the true teachings of the Koran.”
Publishers Weekly

“There has been nothing finer on the subject from a Western observer...she looks at it from the heart...mixing historical perspective with piercingly observed journalism.”
Newsday

“Avoids both the sensational and the stereotypical...insightful...a valid, entertaining account of women in the Muslim world.”
New York Times Book Review

“A rare look at a significant segment of the world's population that literally has been cloaked in mystery for generations.”
Seattle Times

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