Synopses & Reviews
As mesmerizing as a tale from the lips of Sheherazade, Gazelle traces the story of Elizabeth, a thirteen-year-old American girl whose adolescent passion is awakened in the exotic climate of 1950s Cairo. While her mother-whose beauty and sexual prowess both frighten and fascinate Elizabeth-moves into a hotel to pursue a string of lovers, her father, a historian, loses himself in a world of chess and toy soldiers. Elizabeths imagination, primed by an explicit edition of The Arabian Nights, leads her to fantasies about her fathers friend, a gentle, older man named Ramses Ragab, a perfume maker who visits their house regularly to play games of war and who opens her up to the mystery of hieroglyphics and the art of exotic scents.
About the Author
Rikki Ducornet is the author of two short-story collections, five books of poetry, and seven novels, including The Fan-Makers Inquisition and The Jade Cabinet. She is also a painter whose work has been exhibited widely. She currently lives in Denver, Colorado.