Jokha Alharthi’s elegantly structured and taut novel tells of Oman’s coming-of-age through the prism of one family’s losses and loves. Translated by Marilyn Booth.

In the village of al-Awafi in Oman, 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 which is slowly redefining itself after the colonial era, to the crossroads of its complex present.

The Man Booker International Prize 2019
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Jokha Alharthi

Jokha Alharthi

About the Author

Jokha Alharthi, also spelt al-Harthi, is an Omani writer and academic. She is best known for her novel published in English under the title Celestial Bodies.
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Marilyn Booth

Marilyn Booth

About the Translator

Marilyn Booth was born in Boston, USA. She translated the 2019 International Booker Prize-winning novel Celestial Bodies from Arabic.
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