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The Book of Trouble: A Romance
by Ann Marlowe

Published by Harcourt

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A sexy, intimate, and fearless account of a shattering love affair between a charismatic Afghan man and a Jewish American woman infatuated with his culture, The Book of Trouble is also a provocative and original exploration of a so-called clash of civilizations. Marlowe's vivid, gritty evocation of daily life in Afghanistan brings to life a luminous place she thinks of as "the morning of the world." She finds a similar rediscovery of feeling when she is in bed with Amir -- "the gift of loving someone, which is incalculable" but also, ultimately, a "terrible gap between hearts."

Marlowe finds complexity and beauty in Afghanistan, not the caricature of evil men and oppressed women. In fact, she found much that Americans can learn from in the warmth, tenderness, and respect of Afghan family life and marriage. As Marlowe travels from Mazar-i-Sherif to her sophisticated, cynical New York world and then to Baghdad in the aftermath of the American invasion, she makes perhaps her most provocative claim: That we Americans, for all our self-help books, have forgotten how to take love and sex seriously.

A candid, wrenching love letter to the world of feelings we have lost, The Book of Trouble is unique and unforgettable.



pub date: 2006-02-01 | hardcover | 9780151011315