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When Sophia Al-Maria's mother sends her away from rainy Washington State to stay with her husband's desert-dwelling Bedouin family in Qatar, she intends it to be a sort of teenage cultural boot camp. What her mother doesn't know is that there are some things about growing up that are universal. In Qatar, Sophia is faced with a new world she'd only imagined as a child. She sets out to find her freedom, even in the most unlikely of places.
Both family saga and coming-of-age story, The Girl Who Fell to Earth takes readers from the green valleys of the Pacific Northwest to the dunes of the Arabian Gulf and on to the sprawling chaos of Cairo. Struggling to adapt to her nomadic lifestyle, Sophia is haunted by the feeling that she is perpetually in exile: hovering somewhere between two families, two cultures, and two worlds. She must make a place for herself—a complex journey that includes finding young love in the Arabian Gulf, rebellion in Cairo, and, finally, self-discovery in the mountains of Sinai.
The Girl Who Fell to Earth heralds the arrival of an electric new talent and takes us on the most personal of quests: the voyage home.
Anyone who reads memoirs knows that a successful one requires two distinct elements: an interesting life, and strong writing skills. Read morePublished 10 days ago by E. Smiley
Being a Qatari, the book was a bit shocking!
The story is fresh and touches the heart, but I'm not convinced of many details that the author highlighted. Read more
Interesting and easy to read. Helps one understand how different life is in a an other culture without being judgemental.Published 9 months ago by Angela Ludwig-Parks
I found out about Safya Al-Maria through a collab she did with Fatima Al-Qadiri. I had to know more. Read morePublished 10 months ago by oscar
It was a pleasure to read this book. I really enjoyed it. I lived in Qatar for 8 years and it bought back so many happy memories. It helped explain so many of the local customs. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Matthew Crawford
I had no idea about what this book was, or, after reading it, where it was going. I nevertheless enjoyed the author's journey very much! Read morePublished 11 months ago by Michael P. Williams, Esq.
laidback, sincere and in your face with life facts which might be sometimes very culture specific but at the end you realize are universal for people trying to find... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sebastian María Betancur Montoya
I felt this was a very interesting and telling tale of a girl struggling to fit into two very different cultures. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jenna