Keija Parssinen, author of The Ruins of Us, on tour January/February 2012

Posted By on December 5, 2011

About The Ruins of Us

• Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Harper Perennial (January 17, 2012)

More than two decades after moving to Saudi Arabia and marrying powerful Abdullah Baylani, American-born Rosalie learns that her husband has taken a second wife. That discovery plunges their family into chaos as Rosalie grapples with leaving Saudi Arabia, her life, and her family behind. Meanwhile, Abdullah and Rosalie’s consuming personal entanglements blind them to the crisis approaching their sixteen-year-old son, Faisal, whose deepening resentment toward their lifestyle has led to his involvement with a controversial sheikh. When Faisal makes a choice that could destroy everything his embattled family holds dear, all must confront difficult truths as they fight to preserve what remains of their world.

The Ruins of Us is a timely story about intolerance, family, and the injustices we endure for love that heralds the arrival of an extraordinary new voice in contemporary fiction.

About Keija Parssinen

Keija Parssinen was born in Saudi Arabia and lived there for twelve years as a third-generation expatriate. She earned a degree in English literature from Princeton University and received her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she held a Truman Capote Fellowship and a Teaching-Writing Fellowship. For The Ruins of Us, her first novel, she received a Michener-Copernicus Award. She lives with her husband on the edge of a quarry in Missouri.

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Keija’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, January 17th: Book Hooked Blog

Wednesday, January 18th: Take Me Away

Thursday, January 19th: Broken Teepee

Friday, January 20th: Bibliosue

Monday, January 23rd: Book Club Classics!

Tuesday, January 24th: Wandering Thoughts of a Scientific Housewife

Thursday, January 26th: Peeking Between the Pages

Tuesday, January 31st: Col Reads

Wednesday, February 1st: The House of the Seven Tails

Thursday, February 2nd: Raging Bibliomania

Monday, February 6th: Library of Clean Reads

Tuesday, February 7th: Man of La Book

Wednesday, February 8th: 2 Kids and Tired Book Reviews




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