Leaving Katya by Paul Greenburg. I devoured this book in pretty much a day. It is about an American man who meets a woman, Katya, while studying in Russia. They only meet once or twice but she comes visits him in the US. They end up marrying on a whim for visa purposes. I liked the subtle things in this book. I think anyone who has spent some time in the former USSR will enjoy the book a bit more-and understand Katya better. Cultural differences, communication styles, and dynamics between men and women are also themes. I enjoyed this book, and am sure many will, but definitely there will be some who do not get it.
My Husband’s Sweethearts by Bridget Asher–Not a bad novel but not my favourite. This book is about a woman who left her husband after she finds out he is a cheater. 6 months later, or so, she has to return as he is dying. She ends up inviting all his former beaus to visit and learns a few things along the way.
The Ruins of Us by Keija Parssinen-This book is about a white American female married to a Saudi man for 25 years and living in Saudi Arabia. It starts with her finding out her husband has taken a second wife-and has been with the other woman for 2 years! The story then follows her and her family. A good book with many interesting themes-especially around expats. Having living abroad as well I could relate to some elements and enjoyed this book. The author is also a third generation expat in Saudi Arabia.
The Sweet Everlasting by Judson Mitcham-This book is written from the point of view of an older male who reflects on various events in his life. It took me a long time to get through this novel for various reasons and at times I was not into it but it all comes together in the last bit. Definitely some powerful moments. Overall a bit of a sad story but life can be like that.
Girls of Riyadh-by Rajaa Alsanea-This book is written by a 25 year old Saudi woman. It is about 4 wealthy female friends in Saudi Arabia and their trials and tribulations over a period of time. The story is written as a series of emails being sent out to Saudi citizens to expose the lifestyles some live in secret. The email author also touches on how others react to reading the emails and the situations the women experience. An interesting read that helps one connect with this culture and society that is similar to others in many ways. I finished this book in record time!