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Seen through the eyes of a nine-year old girl, Huda, this novel captures the atmosphere of Baghdad in the 1940s. A city of public steam baths, of roadside butchers, of spinning tops and childhood games played in the streets, streets where political demonstrations are beginning to take place.
With real perception the complex web of family relationships is illustrated by the tension between the fiery and feisty nature of Huda and her powerlessness as a child. Huda's father, a prison guard and a bully, hides his weakness beneath apparent strength. He drives his desperately ill wife from the family home, replacing her with his pregnant second wife. But Huda has two allies; her devoted and beloved brother Adil and her grandmother, who is the real power in the family.

Genre: General Fiction

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Hardback Editions

October 2004 : USA Hardback

Title: Mothballs
ISBN: 1-55861-479-6 / 978-1-55861-479-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: The Feminist Press at CUNY
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Paperback Editions

October 2004 : USA Paperback

Title: Mothballs: A Story of Baghdad
Author(s): Alia Mamdouh
ISBN: 1-55861-478-8 / 978-1-55861-478-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: The Feminist Press at CUNY
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April 1996 : UK Paperback

Title: Mothballs (Arab Women Writers) (Arab Women Writers S.)
Author(s): Alia Mamdouh, Fadia Faqir
ISBN: 1-85964-019-2 / 978-1-85964-019-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ithaca Press
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