one read program

Intersection
5:50 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

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

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Arts and Culture
3:28 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Columbia One Read author explores geographical and cultural boundaries

Credit Shane Epping

What happens when you put together a blue-eyed blonde Texas woman with a handsome Saudi man living in a traditional Saudi culture, and throw in a young secular Arab blogger and a young Muslim man rediscovering his fundamentalist roots? And, specifically, what happens when they’re all in the same family? If that sounds familiar, it's because that family is the Baylani family, whose relationships with each other, their country and their cultures are explored in the novel, The Ruins of Us.

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