By Qanta Ahmed

"In this stunningly written booklet, a Western informed Muslim physician brings alive what it skill for a girl to dwell within the Saudi state. i have hardly skilled so vividly the shunning and shaming, racism and anti-Semitism, however the shock is how Dr. Ahmed additionally unearths tenderness on the tattered edges of extremism, and a life-changing pilgrimage again to her Muslim faith." - Gail Sheehy

The judgements that fluctuate your lifestyles are frequently the main impulsive ones.

Unexpectedly denied a visa to stay within the usa, Qanta Ahmed, a tender British Muslim health professional, turns into an outcast in movement. On a whim, she accepts a thrilling place in Saudi Arabia. this isn't only a new activity; it is a likelihood at event in an unique land she thinks she is aware, a spot she hopes she is going to belong.

What she discovers is enormously various. the dominion is an international aside, a land of unparralled distinction. She unearths rejection and scorn within the locations she believed might such a lot embody her, but in addition humor, honesty, loyalty and love.

And for Qanta, greater than something, it's a land of chance. a spot the place she discovers what it takes for one lady to recreate herself within the land of invisible ladies.

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