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Maryam is stuck in an
abusive marriage, living with her in-laws, in a conservative, toxically
religious Middle Eastern setting. A few years back, her father was given
a jar of priceless perfume by a dying leper and it seemed as if their
fortunes would improve, but then Maryam’s father contracted leprosy and
was exiled by the village. Maryam and her brother, Eleazar, and sister,
Marta, experience the shame and ostracism this brings. The precious jar
that was meant to bring them freedom, but it only seems to have brought
destruction. But rumours abound concerning a new doctor; perhaps hope is
on the horizon.
Alabaster is the latest book by Chris Aslan and WOW it is fantastic. This is the first book from Chris Aslan I have read and I am so glad I did. As a huge fan of Biblical Fiction I couldn't pass it up. The cover of this book is just beautiful and really grabbed me. The book description really piqued my interest. Chris Aslan writes with authority on the Bible, Middle Eastern history including the beliefs and the traditions, and the hierarchy in this area and in the homes of the people. I could not put this book down. I enjoyed learning things about the Middle East and their history and traditions. Even though this is a fiction book, I learned a lot from the historical fact, which I love when I read a book that teaches me. I enjoy Chris Aslan's style of writing, definitely felt like I was there seeing it all. The issues brought up in this book definitely are things we in the modern world still deal with. I found the characters complex. I found myself relating to Maryam and Marta both. Their faith helps them through all their trials and tribulations. I found their loyalty to each other and their strength admirable. From cover to cover this book is wonderful and I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Biblical Fiction, you will love it and find yourself a new author to read. I cannot wait to read more from Chris Aslan. I give this book 5 STARS.