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Every Rising Sun

A Novel

by Jamila Ahmed

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Every Rising Sun by Jamila Ahmed
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    Jul 2023, 432 pages


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An enthralling retelling of The Arabian Nights from the perspective of the storyteller Shaherazade.

When Shaherazade discovers Fataneh Khatun, wife of the Malik, in the midst of an adulterous liaison, she makes a choice that will upend not only her life and Fataneh's, but countless others across the Seljuk Empire. With an anonymous note, Shaherazade reveals the Khatun's betrayal to her husband.

The Malik's response is brutal. Not only does he execute Fataneh, but he remarries, and on the morning after their wedding, has his innocent new bride beheaded. Two more girls are married and murdered before Shaherazade volunteers to wed the Malik. Though terrified, she has a plan—the night of her wedding, she begins to tell a story. When the sun rises with the story unfinished, she stops, and so the Malik must let her live another day if he wants to know the end.

From this setup that will sound familiar to many, Jamila Ahmed's beautiful retelling of The Arabian ...

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