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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: October 2008 ISBN: 9780739307984
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary.pettengillgmail.com | 1/31/2014

    " Sharp and detailed view of Lulu (in Marrkech) where she's combining work and love in one complex melange. Not finished but as a big fan of Diane Johnson I'm confident she'll deliver all the way through. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane | 1/23/2014

    " This book didn't seem to go anywhere. It did give an insight however, into the life of expats in Marrakech. There was a lot about the plight of Muslim women at the hands of men either brothers or husbands or men in general but as for the spy part of the story it sort of petered out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lizz | 1/19/2014

    " This book was interesting, up to a point. At first, it seemed like the ideas were going somewhere, but in the middle of the book, the thoughts seemed to ramble on. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine | 1/13/2014

    " I think I'd give this book 2 1/2 stars if I could. I almost didn't finish it, but read very positive reviews. I guess I really didn't care for the writing style. Something just didn't click for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fredsky | 1/13/2014

    " A droll tale about Lulu, a low-level spy, and her sojourn in Morocco. I would give this book at least a 3.5 if I could, and I'd like to read it again and see if I can pick up on everything I missed the first time. Sometimes I couldn't read through it. More often, I could and enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/10/2014

    " It's an intriguing book. I wouldn't call it a "really good" book. I liked the setting and I liked getting a really good feel, rather than a description, of life in Marrkech, life for Muslims, and for spies! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bookchick | 1/2/2014

    " No plot and the protagonist was blah. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Seana | 12/27/2013

    " I'm a big fan of Johnson, but I was so disappointed in this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 8/20/2013

    " I wish I had liked this more. I found myself gradually despising the main character which made it difficult to finish. I admired how Johnson created a air of ambiguity but it felt wrong some how. Maybe I'm not in the mood to be cynical. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria E | 5/5/2013

    " This is the first secret agent novel I have read with a female secret agent. Umm, what can I say? Well-written but not exactly fast-paced, dangerous, action-packed.If this is what it really means to be a secret agent, I'll work in retail instead... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Francine | 12/25/2012

    " A light spy story, but a lot of fun. Also gives some insight into the Arab life-style from a Western woman's point of view "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jackie | 11/16/2012

    " just ok. I kept waiting for the story to develop more, but it never got that interesting. Good for light reading though "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Raidene | 8/7/2012

    " A disappointing read from an author with a great reputation. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jane Dukuray | 3/10/2012

    " Didn't finish. Didn't like. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda Mennis | 11/15/2011

    " Drags in parts. Explores (as in her other books) what it is to be an expat. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lillian | 11/5/2011

    " lots of promise that never panned out... i was dissappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 7/26/2011

    " A quirky book - not sure if it was supposed to be a light romantic comedy set in an exotic locale, or a more serious work intended to open our minds about the plight of Muslim women, which it did do in a non-serious way "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 meghan | 7/1/2011

    " Character and plot development was a bit weak and the situation was a bit hard to believe, but since it was set in Morocco I remained interested. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tami | 5/4/2011

    " I can't remember what review I read that attracted me to this book but I found it so uninteresting I couldn't even get past the 3rd CD. My book list is way too long to waste time on a book that hasn't 'grabbed' my attention by almost halfway through the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bookchick | 4/1/2011

    " No plot and the protagonist was blah. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanette | 2/8/2011

    " Oh to be finally finished w/ this book! Praise Elohim. It wasn't that the book was terribly written as much as the story was boring and the characters flat. This is my first book read by the author, so I'm not familiar w/ her style as a whole, but I was not impressed w/ this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 1/30/2011

    " I discovered Diane Johnson recently and have read three of her books. They are delightful, funny, sharp, intelligent. This is as good as the rest. Wonderful reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 12/16/2010

    " meh. I liked "Le Divorce" better. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jane | 7/18/2010

    " Chic lit and the CIA - didn't work for me. In fact, found some of the stereo types very frightening. "

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About the Author
Author Diane Johnson

Diane Johnson is an American-born novelist and essayist. A two-time finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in three different genres—essay, biography, and fiction—she is the author of a dozen novels, including Le DivorceLe Mariage, and L’Affaire. She is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and splits her time between San Francisco and Paris.

About the Narrator

Justine Eyre is a classically trained actress who has narrated dozens of audiobooks and has a prestigious Audie Award and two AudioFile Earphones Awards under her belt. Eyre is multilingual and known for her great facility with accents. She has appeared on stage, with leading roles in King Lear and The Crucible, and has had starring roles in four films on the indie circuit. Her recent television credits include Two and a Half Men and Mad Men.