Women of Sand and Myrrh by Hanan al-Shaykh

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51YSQM7JSRL.jpgThis is a hell of a book, looking at the lives of women living in a desert country of the Arabian peninsula, going through the indignities of a life without any status of their own, being shifted around and married under bizarre circumstances. At some point, fr me at least, it became too much. I could see that it was all probably realistic, but it became like an unfunny satire. Still, it has changed the way I think about the women I see occasionally under their burkas and the status of women in families generally.