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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (576 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Diane Johnson Narrator: Justine Eyre Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The two-time Pulitzer Prize and three-time National Book Award-nominated author of the best seller Le Divorcereturns with a mesmerizing novel of double standards and double agents.

Lulu Sawyer, the heroine of Diane Johnson's captivating new novel, arrives in Marrakech, Morocco, hoping to rekindle her romance with a worldly Englishman, Ian Drumm. It's the perfect cover for her assignment with the American CIA: tracing the flow of money from well-heeled donors to radical Islamic groups.

While spending her days poolside among Europeans, in villas staffed by local maids in abayas, and her nights at lively dinner parties, Lulu observes the fragile coexistence of two cultures which, if not yet clashing, have begun to show signs of fracture. Beneath the surface of this polite expatriate community lies a more sinister world laced not only with double standards, but with double agents.

As she navigates the complex interface of Islam and the West, Lulu stumbles into unforeseen intrigues: A young Muslim girl, Suma, is hiding from a brother intent on an honor killing; and a beautiful Saudi woman, Gazi, who is vying for Ian's love, leaves her husband in a desperate bid to escape her repressive society. The more Lulu immerses herself in the workings of Marrakech, the more questions emerge; and when bombs explode, the danger is palpable.

Lulu's mission ultimately has tragic consequences, but along the way readers will fall in love with this endearing young woman as she improvises her way through the souk, her love life, and her profession.

As in her previous novels, Diane Johnson weaves a dazzling tale in the great tradition of works about naive Americans abroad and the laws of unintended consequence, with a new, fascinating assortment of characters, as well as witty, trenchant observations on the manners and morals of a complicated moment in history.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Paula | 2/20/2014

    " This book is about a female spy in Marrakech. There really is not much I can say about this book except it took me forever to read. Very slow. I did not find it interesting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Jason Mckinney | 2/7/2014

    " I gave this one the 'old 50 page test' and it didn't pass. I gave up after realizing that it was Johnson's trademark society/culture clashing comedy mixed with North African terrorism, Muslim Women's Issues and the CIA. The combination just didn't work very well. The worst part were the epigraphs at the beginning of each chapter; passages from the Koran and quotations from Shakespeare just didn't make a lot of sense in terms of the overall plot...they seemed pretty forced to me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sharon | 2/7/2014

    " A departure from her previous novels about expatriate Americans in Paris. Here, a woman goes to Morrocco on assignment for an unspecified intelligence organization. Apparently, an attempt to convey the everyday existence of some spies, but mostly just comes off as boring. If I'm going to read about spies, I want them to spy! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Karen | 2/1/2014

    " 2.5 - While I did read it, I didn't find it all that appealing. I couldn't stay interested in the plot or characters. "

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