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5.0 out of 5 stars
A beautiful 'what-if' novel, like nothing else I've read!, 16 Jun. 2000
This is a beautifully written book, lyrical, perceptive, original, unnervingly insightful, and a page-turner as well. A shy affectionate Egyptian entomologist meets an ambitious beautiful journalist who has a daughter with him. They are devoted to each other, but the journalist's career keeps her traveling around the world while he raises the daughter he always wanted, Beatrice, and the larger plot unfolds - everyone in the world who wants only sons is suddenly able to have their wish, and the resulting imbalance in the gender ratio worldwide has catastrophic cultural, social and political effects, all disturbingly believable.