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  • The Others reviewed at

    The Others reviewed at

    October 28, 2009

    From the excellent review of The Others at Seba Al-Herz’s gripping novel, The Others, is a multi-layered story about a young Shi’a woman growing up in the Sunni province of Saudi Arabia. The title applies to nearly every aspect of the unnamed narrator’s life, from her gender, to her epilepsy, to her same-sex relationships with other women. Al-Herz writes about desire in beautiful prose that ranges from the poetic and surreal to startling moments of clarity: “We awoke. When I say we awoke I mean it literally. We woke up from the bewitching trance of words, from the honey sweetness of dreams, to an electric shock that flew from her bare forearm to mine … Staring through the window at some distant point, she whispered, I want to kiss you. I did not say a word.” . . . It is an eye-opening reading experience. Highly recommended.

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