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Gazelle by Rikki Ducornet

13-year old Elizabeth is spending a year in Cairo in the 1950s, the daughter of an American professor and a famously beautiful mother. When her mother leaves to be with other men, her father buries himself in chess and war games. Elizabeth visits Ramses Ragab often, her father's friend and a master perfumer. At his emporium, she is introduced to a world of aromas and sensuality, as well as ancient texts. A new world unfolds for Elizabeth as she takes her first steps to womanhood in a place more exotic than she could ever imagine. Gazelle is a novel about a girl's coming of age and is told in a sensuous and languorous style. The Washington Post says, "it is a charged book and reading it will make a summer day hotter." The Seattle Times says, "in Gazelle we are treated to a feast."
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