Florence of Arabia Book Summary and Study Guide

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As Prince Bawad, ambasador to the U.S. from the Middle Eastern nation of Wasabia, prepares to return home after a twenty year posting in Washington, D.C., one of his four wives, Nazarah, decides to stay behind in the U.S. Knowing that her husband, the Prince, would never willingly allow her to stay behind, Nazarah decides to flee their residence in one of their cars and seek asylm. Having little experience in driving a car, Nazarah, ends up crashing the car and being taken to a hospital where she calls a acquaintance, Florence Farfaletti, an Arabic speaking Middle Eastern expert who is deputy to the deputy assistant secretary for Near East Affairs at the State Department. Florence tries to help Nazarah, but her superiors decide, in the interest of maintaining good dipliomatic relations that Nazarah be denied asylm and returned to her husband. Her husband, Prince Bawad, puts her on a private plane and flies her home to Wasabia where she is publically beheaded for the crime of embarrasing her husband.
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Florence, upset by the death of Nazarah and by the harsh treatment of women in Wasabia, writes a report outlining a bold plan to improve the plight of women in the Arab world. Wanting to shake things up in the stoggy State Department, she bypasses her boss and submits the report directly to his superior. The report causes a major tremor within the bureaucracy and Florence is promptly fired. However, a few days after her firing, Florence is approached by a mysterous gentleman who goes by the name of Uncle Sam. Uncle Sam never reveals who he works for. Uncle Sam has read Florence's report and is prepared to both finance her plan and provide the other human and material resources neded for the operation.

What follows is both comical and dramatic as Florence and three aides set up a TV station in the relatively liberal emirate of Matar and begin broadcasting feminist TV shows into neighboring Wasabia. One can easily imagine what follows.

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Political/social activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   women fighting for rights Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Arabia Desert?    -   Yes Desert:    -   hostile arabs City?    -   Yes City:    -   Washington D.C.

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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