City of Asylum Book Club: Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharti

City of Asylum Bookstore at Alphabet City will be holding its January Book Club Meeting on Thursday, January 30 at 6:00 pm. The selected book for this month is Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharti.

Celestial Bodies is the first Arabic novel to ever win the Man Booker International Prize, and the first book by a female Omani author to be translated into English. The story of three sisters, their losses, and loves, unspools beautifully against a backdrop of a rapidly changing Oman, a country evolving from a traditional, slave-owning society into its complex present. Through the sisters, you glimpse a society in all its degrees, from the very poorest of the local slave families to those making money through the advent of new wealth.

The City of Asylum Book Club will meet at Alphabet City, located at 40 West North Avenue. For more information, or to RSVP, email the volunteer book club coordinator, Laura McGaha.

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