The Occasional Virgin

The Occasional Virgin

A Novel

Book - 2018
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In this frank and fearless novel, acclaimed writer Hanan al-Shaykh follows the tumultuous lives and sometimes shocking choices of women successful in their careers but unlucky in love.

On a sunny beach on the Italian Riviera, two thirtysomething women, Yvonne and Huda, relax by the sparkling sea. But despite the setting, as their vacation unfolds, their complicated pasts seep through to the idyllic present. Both women spent their childhoods in Lebanon--Yvonne raised in a Christian family, Huda in a Muslim one--and they now find themselves torn between the traditional worlds they were born into and the successful professional identities they've created.

Three months later, when Huda (a theater director from Toronto) visits Yvonne (an advertising executive) in London, a chance encounter with a man at Speaker's Corner leads to profound repercussions for them both. As the novel continues, each woman will undertake her own quest for love and romance, revenge and fulfillment. Witty and wry, The Occasional Virgin is a poignant and perceptive tale for our time.
Publisher: New York :, Pantheon Books,, ©2018.
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9781524747510
Branch Call Number: FICTION SHA
Characteristics: 221 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Cobham, Catherine - Translator

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List - Women in Translation
Alena_T Feb 28, 2019

Hanan Shaykh is a Lebanese author who was raised in a strict Shi'a family. Her prolific writing is largely a literary criticism of the traditional roles of women in the social structures of the Arab Middle East.


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