Sarah Moss, an American physician, wants to marry a Saudi Arab. As she is drawn into his family – his fierce mother, his welcoming sister, and his brother who hates America – she embarks on a journey to reconcile her two worlds. This is the compelling story of a woman torn between her love for a good man and her need for independence. In crisp clear prose, The Burning Veil reveals secrets of the human heart and the desert kingdom.

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Praise for The Burning Veil

Great book, a page turner, and I learned much about Saudi from an insider.

Natasha Sarkissian

Your book was not only enjoyed by me, but also by my book club. It was a learning experience and so interesting to know about customs and traditions in another country all bound up in a great story.

Mary Boyle

The Burning Veil shares an important quality with every other great narrative: it has us yearning for more. It is compelling; it is intriguing. Jean Grant allows her readers to travel beyond stereotypes and cultural generalizations about the Middle East to begin to perceive Saudis not only as members of a complex culture, but as vital human beings.

Citation, Langston Hughes Fiction Award

A gifted writer whose keen eye and open heart quietly suffuses every line of prose, every line of dialogue every observation.

Gina Ochsner, author of The Hidden Letters of Velta B.

Jean Grant’s contemporary love story about cultural collision vying against our shared human longing for connection left me deeply moved, and at times, deeply melancholy, as religious fundamentalism gains strength in the U.S. and around the world. A powerful and important first novel.

A. Manette Ansay, author of Good Things I Wish You and Vinegar Hill

Elegant and insightful. The Burning Veil takes the reader on a fascinating journey behind the closed doors of Saudi Arabian life, showing Arabs and expats as they struggle to come to terms with their differences. Jean Grant’s novel is a delightful find.

Zoe Ferraris, author of Finding Nouf

Sarah and Ibrahim are in love, but their troubles are just starting. When Ibrahim proposes, Sarah balks because she doesn’t want to move to Saudi Arabia. This girl-meets-boy story is wrapped in a provocative tale of how a liberated American woman adjusts to living in one of the most restrictive nations on earth. After Sarah agrees to move, she must deal with both her parents’ bigotry and the restrictive rules that govern where she goes, to whom she talks, and what she wears. The romance itself suffers because Grant fails to show the reader Sarah’s motivations, particularly why she falls in love with Ibrahim in the first place. Nonetheless, it’s touching to see how they rely on each other for strength. And the author clearly highlights the difficulties Americans have understanding Arab Muslims and provides an illuminating – if imperfect – view into what life is like in Saudi Arabia in the post-9/11 world.

Publishers Weekly

The novelist Eudora Welty said, “Writers and travelers are mesmerized alike by knowing of their destinations.” That could easily be the epigraph for Jean Grant’s finely crafted new novel, The Burning Veil. The story of a American woman’s introduction to Saudi Arabian culture The Burning Veil avoids clichés of the Middle East, and finds a compassionate thread in even the most conservative of its characters – from Muslim extremists to American racists. Grant, a former journalist who lived in the Middle East for 20 years, takes on touchy subjects with a deft, professional touch, and is careful not to foist her political agenda on the reader. Her novel connects two vastly different societies, showing that love and mutual respect is the best way to coexist.

Claire Rudy Foster – Foreword Reviews