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Betool Khedairi

Betool Khedairi was born in Baghdad in 1965 to an Iraqi father and a Scottish mother. She received a B.A. in French literature from the University of Mustansirya and then traveled between Iraq, Jordan, and the United Kingdom, working in the food industry while writing A Sky So Close, which was published in Arabic in Lebanon in 1999. She currently lives in Amman, where she is working on her second novel.

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Absent
Written by Betool Khedairi, Translated by Muhayman Jamil
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | July 2007
$15.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-7742-4 (0-8129-7742-4)

Dalal is a young woman living in a crowded Baghdad apartment with the childless aunt and uncle who raised her. In the same building, Umm Mazin, a fortune-teller, offers her customers cures for their physical and romantic ailments, Saad the hairdresser attends to a dwindling number of female customers, and Ilham... Read more






A Sky So Close
Written by Betool Khedairi
Anchor | Trade Paperback | May 2002
$15.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-385-72078-6 (0-385-72078-5)

In this elegant, incisive debut, a young girl comes of age while aching for a sense of belonging. Daughter of an Iraqi father and an English mother, the unnamed narrator struggles with isolation both in the traditional Iraqi countryside where she’s raised and at the Western school of music and ballet... Read more





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