Celestial Bodies

By Jokha Alharthi

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Celestial Bodies is a coiled spring of a novel, telling of Oman's coming-of-age through the prism of one family's losses and loves.

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Celestial Bodies is set in the village of al-Awafi in Oman, where we encounter three sisters: Mayya, who marries Abdallah after a heartbreak; Asma, who marries from a sense of duty; and Khawla who rejects all offers while waiting for her beloved, who has emigrated to Canada. These three women and their families witness Oman evolve from a traditional, slave-owning society slowly redefining itself after the colonial era, to the crossroads of its complex present. Elegantly structured and taut, Celestial Bodies is a coiled spring of a novel, telling of Oman's coming-of-age through the prism of one family's losses and loves.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Sandstone Press Ltd
Publication Date 21 Jun 2018
ISBN 9781912240166
Number of Pages 320

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‘Compelling...'


Blends the rhythms of daily life with magic and legend.

Delivers the reader immediately into the world of the marginal, forgotten, most subaltern sectors of society.

This novel is interesting as a lens through which to view an important time in the transition of Omani society.

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