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Virgins of Paradise
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A magnificent coming-of-age saga about two sisters from an aristocratic Egyptian family who rebel against tradition. Inside a beautiful mansion on Virgins of Paradise Street in post-World War II Cairo, Jasmine and Camelia Rasheed grow to womanhood under the watchful eyes of their grandmother and the other women of the prominent Rasheed family. Despite the glamour and elegance of the city, women still wear the veil and live in harems. But as Egypt begins to change, so do Jasmine and Camelia. Rebelling against a society in which the suppression of women is assumed, Jasmine and Camelia embark on turbulent personal and professional voyages of discovery. Cast out of the family, Jasmine travels to America to become a doctor while Camelia sets out to become one of the foremost beledi dancers in the Middle East. Sensuous, spicy, and romantic, " Virgins of Paradise "is a spellbinding novel set in an exotic and erotic culture. Brilliantly portraying two sisters' search for identity amidst historic change, Wood also conveys a portrait of an ancient nation merging into the modern era while mired in superstition, magic, and mythology.
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About the Author

BARBARA WOOD is the international bestselling author of twenty-five acclaimed novels, including New York Times bestseller Domina. Her work has been translated into over 30 languages. Barbara lives in California.

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"Fascinating...Wood uses her keen eye for detail and her lush prose to let the culture speak for itself." -- Houston Post "Powerful...remarkable." -- Detroit Free Press "A story of intense emotion and great complexity...you must read it!" -- Tulsa World "A master storyteller. She never fails to leave the reader enthralled." --Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey, author of A Woman of Independent Means "An accomplished storyteller." --John Jakes, New York Times bestselling author "Wood shows herself a wizard at juggling action and romance, maintaining the momentum and sparkle of both." --Kirkus Reviews "Wood makes her fiction come alive with authentic detailing and highly memorable characters." --Booklist "Barbara Wood is an entertainer." --Washington Post Book World "Wood crafts vivid sketches of women who triumph over destiny." --Publishers Weekly "Entertainment fiction at its best." --Booklist "Wood creates genuine, engaging characters whose stories are fascinating." --Library Journal "Fascinating...Wood uses her keen eye for detail and her lush prose to let the culture speak for itself." -- "Houston Post"" ""Powerful...remarkable." -- "Detroit Free Press"" " "A story of intense emotion and great complexity...you must read it!" "-- Tulsa World" "A master storyteller. She never fails to leave the reader enthralled." --Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey, author of "A Woman of Independent Means" "An accomplished storyteller." --John Jakes, "New York Times" bestselling author "Wood shows herself a wizard at juggling action and romance, maintaining the momentum and sparkle of both." "--Kirkus Reviews " "Wood makes her fiction come alive with authentic detailing and highly memorable characters."" --Booklist " "Barbara Wood is an entertainer." "--Washington Post Book World" "Wood crafts vivid sketches of women who triumph over destiny." "--Publishers Weekly" "Entertainment fiction at its best." "--Booklist" "Wood creates genuine, engaging characters whose stories are fascinating." "--Library Journal"

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