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Dubai Wives [Kindle Edition]

Zvezdana Rashkovich
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Dubai Wives weaves a complex multicultural tale of unraveling secrets and diverse, flawed characters. The lives of eight women collide in this opulent, culturally vibrant city on a journey of sisterhood, friendship, love, betrayal and the heartbreaking choices of its residents. We see Jewel, a beautiful but frustrated wife to her powerful Emirati husband, and Tara, a devout Muslim with a passionate secret, and Liliana, a tragic dancer in the seedy clubs of Dubai.
A stirring tale encompassing, tradition, identity, and faith, Dubai Wives takes the reader into the hidden world behind the walls of lavish mansions and into the back alleys of Dubai, from the hills of Morocco to the glittering lights of the Burj Al Arab. It paints a portrait of a world where no one is who they seem to be...and where everything is possible.

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A stirring tale encompassing tradition, identity, and faith, Dubai Wives takes the reader into a hidden world behind the walls of lavish mansions and into the desperate back alleys of Dubai; from the hills of Morocco to the gloomy English countryside and from the slums of India to the glittering lights of the Burj Al Arab. Dubai Wives reveals a city where no one is who they seem to be... and where everything is possible.

About the Author

Zvezdana Rashkovich was born in Croatia and grew up in Sudan with her Croatian mother and Sudanese stepfather. A globe-trotter from the age of seven, Zvezdana has also lived in Egypt, Libya, Iraq, Qatar, Dubai and the United States. A fluent Arabic speaker she has worked as a medical and legal interpreter for refugees in the United States. Owing to the eclectic experiences she has enjoyed during her lifelong cross-cultural journey, she has developed an intense zeal for multiculturalism. Zvezdana currently lives in Dubai with her architect husband and four children. She is working on a second novel based on her own life in Sudan, in addition to a book about Third Culture Children. Dubai Wives is her first novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 448 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Zvezdana Rashkovich (4 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006I19L5A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,339 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Desperate Housewives of Dubai! 11 Sept. 2011
Dubai Wives is a fast-paced novel, teeming with clashes and betrayal, colourful descriptions of fashion shows are juxtaposed against dingy nightclubs and the abuse of young women. With a murder embedded in the story line, there are echoes of Grisham and Desperate Housewives as well as more recently Aravind Adiga's The White Tiger. The result is a tale of vengeance and action, at times shocking and at times humorous but often sweet as the smell of the shisha which pervades its settings.
The author's greatest strength lies in showcasing the ethnic and cultural diversity of the city. There is Jewel in her Swarovski embroidered abaya humiliated by her husband's infidelity, the Romanian Liliana dancing in a seedy nightclub, Cora the Filipino maid desperate to rid herself of an unwanted pregnancy and plain English Jane whose Dubai make-over includes plastic surgery and belly dancing lessons as she relentlessly pursues a transformation into glamour.
The text could have benefited with more editorial input to trim down some of the repetitions and excesses but, still, Dubai Wives is an entertaining, thrilling read; a page-turner written with an astute cultural knowledge and saturated with a genuine love for this surprising city.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been based anywhere 2 Jan. 2013
By Emma
The book was an OK read but didn't keep me captivated, especially as I think it could have been based anywhere. There wasn't that much detail about Dubai itself, so the story could have taken place in any city. That for me was a let down, as I bought the book to get a better insight into the culture of Dubai.
The women in the book are mostly ex pats and the book tells about what is happening to each one in their life at the time. One woman is a dancer in a seedy club. One is having an affair and another has a husband who is having an affair. Its not very exciting with hardly any cultural references.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An okay book 22 April 2013
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This book isn't what I thought it was going to be. I felt that it jumped around a little too much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dubai wives 14 April 2013
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I took this book on holiday, and I found it very entertaining definitely a must read , the characters r all intertwined in some way!
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4.0 out of 5 stars * 27 Feb. 2013
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good read - enjoyable and fun. a bit scary at times but thats the nature of the play boy life
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