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But Sadeem's mother died when she was a child and she sneaks under her father's radar, entertaining her new husband at home.
Like "Sex and the City's" Carrie, the narrator of this novel takes turns telling her friends' stories -- and can peer into their minds and bedrooms.
She often sums up an episode by making pronouncements about the sorry state of relations between the sexes in Saudi Arabia.
Desperate to keep him, Gamrah stops taking the pill and gets pregnant -- again a tip from Mom -- but her husband wants no more to do with their child than with her.
And so another marriage ends in divorce, which is apparently fairly common in Saudi Arabia, an obstacle to a woman's future romantic happiness but not a deal-breaker.