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The Occasional Virgin

(2018)
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In this frank and fearless novel, acclaimed writer Hanan al-Shaykh follows the tumultuous lives and sometimes shocking choices of women successful in their careers but unlucky in love.

On a sunny beach on the Italian Riviera, two thirtysomething women, Yvonne and Huda, relax by the sparkling sea. But despite the setting, as their vacation unfolds, their complicated pasts seep through to the idyllic present. Both women spent their childhoods in Lebanon - Yvonne raised in a Christian family, Huda in a Muslim one - and they now find themselves torn between the traditional worlds they were born into and the successful professional identities they've created.

Three months later, when Huda (a theater director from Toronto) visits Yvonne (an advertising executive) in London, a chance encounter with a man at Speaker's Corner leads to profound repercussions for them both. As the novel continues, each woman will undertake her own quest for love and romance, revenge and fulfillment. Witty and wry, The Occasional Virgin is a poignant and perceptive tale for our time.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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July 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Occasional Virgin: A Novel
Author(s): Hanan al-Shaykh
ISBN: 1-5247-4751-3 / 978-1-5247-4751-0 (USA edition)
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Title: The Occasional Virgin
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ISBN: 1-4088-9573-0 / 978-1-4088-9573-3 (UK edition)
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August 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Occasional Virgin
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ISBN: 1-4088-9568-4 / 978-1-4088-9568-9 (UK edition)
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June 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Occasional Virgin: A Novel
Author(s): Hanan al-Shaykh
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June 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Occasional Virgin
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ISBN: 1-4088-9569-2 / 978-1-4088-9569-6 (UK edition)
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Title: The Occasional Virgin
Author(s): Hanan al-Shaykh
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Title: The Occasional Virgin
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Title: The Occasional Virgin: A Novel
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Title: The Occasional Virgin
Author(s): Hanan al-Shaykh
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