Virtual Book Group; or ‘The Taming of the Zoom’ – ‘Celestial Bodies’ by Jokha Alharthi
Thu 24 Jun 2021
7:00pm at a laptop screen near you!
The next instalment of the Mr B’s Virtual book group continues with ‘Celestial Bodies’ by Jokha Alharthi.
Celestial Bodies is set in the village of al-Awafi in Oman, where we encounter three sisters: Mayya, who marries Abdallah after a heartbreak; Asma, who marries from a sense of duty; and Khawla who rejects all offers while waiting for her beloved, who has emigrated to Canada. These three women and their families witness Oman evolve from a traditional, slave-owning society slowly redefining itself after the colonial era, to the crossroads of its complex present. Elegantly structured and taut, Celestial Bodies is a coiled spring of a novel, telling of Oman’s coming-of-age through the prism of one family’s losses and loves.
Attending our book group is completely free – just register above to reserve your space in the group, and we will drop you an email just before the event with the link to the group chat.