Best-selling author Zoë Ferraris moved to Saudi Arabia with her former husband after the first Gulf War in 1991. She experienced life in a conservative, closed Muslim community with her daughter, which is the setting for her award-winning trilogy series.
Ferraris, whose family lives in Holland, will give a presentation about her experiences in Saudi Arabia and her books on July 25, from 3:30-5 p.m. on the Grand Valley Meijer Campus in Holland.
After returning to the U.S. from Saudi Arabia, Ferraris attended Columbia University where she received a master’s degree in writing. Her first novel Finding Nouf, and the follow-up novel, City of Veils, are international best-sellers that have been published in more than 35 countries. Her third novel, Kingdom of Strangers, was published in June of 2012 and was an Oprah’s Editor’s Pick. She is a recipient of the LA Times Book Award and LAL Alex Award, and was selected as a Barnes and Noble Discover a New Writer Choice.
Her visit is held in conjunction with the Grand Valley Women’s Center, Center for Women in Transition, and the Woman’s Advisory Network, founded by Carla Masselink and Ilse Saewert of MKS Wealth Advisors of Raymond James.
The event is free and open to the public. RSVP to Jo Ann Wassenaar in the Women’s Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or (616) 331-2748.