In this memoir, Zeba details her journey of self-discovery. She had always revelled in her father’s tales from business trips, but didn’t want to spend the rest of her life listening to the stories of men; she wanted her own. There was little opportunity for this in Saudi Arabia, where females were stringently regulated and the police were known to throw red dye over women considered ‘immodestly dressed’. In her gender-segregated school, books were kept behind locked doors. Pupils could pick only from a limited selection of assigned shelves. ‘The Handmaid’s Tale makes good TV, but for me it was a lived reality’, she writes.
"For years I yearned for love and acceptance until I realised that the voice I was looking for was mine.' At 28, the admirable Talkhani tells her already epic personal story in this inspiring memoir. Raised amid the patriarchal strictures of Saudi Arabia, as a young woman she rejected the traditional path her culture had mapped out for her.