By Jean Sasson
All of it starts with an advert within the newspaper. while Jean Sasson, a tender Southern girl residing in Jacksonville seashore, Florida, solutions a choice to paintings within the royal sanatorium in Saudi Arabia, what must have been a two-year remain becomes a life-changing event spanning over a decade. through the years Jean is plunged into the hidden lives of the veiled girls in Riyadh, the place ladies are locked in sumptuous houses and fundamentalist mutawas terrorize the streets. Jean meets ladies from all walks of life--a feisty bedouin, an informed mom, a conservative spouse of a high-ranking Saudi, and a Saudi princess the realm understands as Princess Sultana--all who open a window into Saudi tradition and support to reshape Jean's worldviews. AMERICAN CHICK IN SAUDI ARABIA is the 1st installment in a heartfelt, inspiring memoir approximately Jean's thirty-year travels and adventures in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Kuwait and Iraq.
Jean's first e-book THE RAPE OF KUWAIT, according to her eye witness reporting at the invasion of Kuwait by means of Iraqi troops, was once an instantaneous bestseller. presently thereafter she grew to become a full-time author. Her subsequent 3 books, PRINCESS, PRINCESS SULTANA'S DAUGHTERS, and PRINCESS SULTANA'S CIRCLE, turned overseas sensations as they have been the 1st books to deliver to the western global the stunning tales approximately lifestyles for ladies in Saudi Arabia. Jean is additionally the writer of MAYADA, DAUGHTER OF IRAQ, in regards to the legal reports of an Iraqi journalist praised through Saddam Hussein; LOVE IN A TORN LAND: the genuine tale of a Freedom Fighter's get away from Iraqi Vengeance which tells the tale of a pretty Kurdish lady; turning out to be UP BIN encumbered: Osama's spouse and Son Take Us into Their mystery international; and FOR the affection OF A SON: One Afghan Woman's Quest for Her Stolen baby. Her paintings has been featured in humans, vainness Fair,The long island instances, The Washington publish, the recent Yorker, the recent York put up, The Sunday London occasions, The parent, CNN, FOX, NBC, and plenty of different information organizations.
nonetheless touring the area, Jean has made her homebase in Atlanta, Georgia the place she is a passionate animal rights and women's rights supporter.
compliment FOR JEAN SASSON'S BOOKS:
“Fascinating...an intimate account of a relatives lifestyles that turned gradually extra risky and bizarre...in compelled pursuit of Osama’s jihadist dreams.” --Washington Post
"The startling fact in the back of veiled lives...frank and bright" --Sunday Express
"Anyone with the slightest curiosity in human rights will locate this ebook heart-wrenching." --Betty Mahmoody, bestselling writer of no longer with out MY DAUGHTER
"A interesting narrative...devastating" --Robert Harris, Sunday Times
"Absolutely riveting and profoundly sad..." --People magazine
"A chilling story...a brilliant account of an air-conditioned nightmare..." --Entertainment Weekly
"Must-reading for someone attracted to human rights." --USA Today
"Shocking...candid...sad, sobering, and compassionate..." --San Francisco Chronicle
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You left your child at the ground? " I steered. She defends herself in excellent English. "Never might I depart my child! After seeing the healthcare professional and listening to his unhappy information, I grew to become dizzy with grief. I went to the bathroom. I left my child just a brief distance from the door. " She is starting to sob as she asks, "Do you've gotten a spot i will be able to take a seat? for just a second? " this can be very infrequent for any Saudi to hunt convenience from a Westerner. within the age-old culture of Bedouin hospitality and generosity, the Saudis i do know are hot and pleasant, but a lot time and plenty of efforts are required earlier than real confidences are shared. i believe real sympathy for her scenario, the mum of a different wishes child. I consultant her from the corridor to a chair through my table and pour her a tumbler of water. together with her sobbing child clutched to her chest, she starts off to weep in earnest, and that i fast shut and lock the door. To my shock she lifts her veil and pats it securely over her head. I stare overtly. i have not as soon as checked out a veiled girl whilst i didn't lengthy to determine her face, pay attention her voice, and understand her own tale. repeatedly i've got thrust one hand into the opposite to maintain from achieving out and pulling the veil up and away. Her face incorporates a clue to her personality. The softness of her eyes conveys a particular sweetness. She can't be known as attractive, yet she is particularly beautiful, with reasonable pores and skin and mild good points. Her hair and eyes are brilliantly darkish. Her hair falls in ringlets upon her shoulders. She continues to be cloaked, so i will be able to simply think her body, yet she looks mild. She is donning a skinny gold chain round her small neck. Her looking eyes examine me. I smile with encouragement and locate the nerve to put my hand frivolously on her shoulder. My compassionate gesture motives her to burst anew into tears. whereas sobbing, she stretches her hands out in order that i will be able to examine her baby's face. "This is my fourth baby! 3 are already within the grave. bad Shaker has lived 3 depressing months! " She shakes her head vigorously. "He will die quickly, like the others. " Over the subsequent hour, I study her tragic tale. Nayam is an informed lady. In 1975 she earned her measure at a well known collage in Beirut, Lebanon. prior to 1977, Saudi girls have been accepted the liberty to go back and forth in another country for his or her complex schooling. yet in 1977, an al-Saud kinfolk quandary, caused through royal adultery, ended in the general public execution of Princess Misha'il, granddaughter of Prince Mohammed, the eldest residing son within the al-Saud kin. Her lover, Khalid Muhalhal, the nephew of the exact Saudi envoy to Lebanon, was once beheaded. In response to the humiliation of al-Saud adultery, and the foreign scandal revolving round public executions for the crime of unsanctioned intercourse, King Khalid decreed that every one Saudi girls have been banned from touring out of the country with out a "Mahram"-a shut male family member, akin to a father or brother, to whom the feminine is forbidden to marry-as an escort. because few fathers or brothers are keen or capable of take years out in their lives to accompany a daughter or sister overseas, nearly all Saudi girls have stopped being informed in a foreign country.