Author Keija Parssinen describes origins of 'The Ruins of Us'

Sep 9, 2013

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

This month, folks around town will be discussing this year’s One Read selection, the Ruins of Us by Keija Parssinen. Set in Saudi Arabia in 2005, the novel tells the story of Rosalie March, an American expat married to a wealthy Saudi businessman. Their happy union starts to crumble after she discovers her husband’s secret second marriage. The book examines the emotional toll the revelation takes on Rosalie, her husband, her son and daughter and a family friend.

This week on Intersection, we’ll talk about the novel with the book’s author. In the second half of the show, we’ll chat with other local authors about what it’s like writing in Columbia.


Keija Parssinen, author, the Ruins of Us

Alex George, lawyer and author, A Good American

Marlene Lee, author, the Absent Woman