A novel by Nazli Ghassemi
Maya Bibinaz Rostampisheh-Williams has a life almost as complicated as her name. Born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and raised in Iran, Maya is now a thirty-something jet-setter who winds up in the flamboyant hub of the Middle East—Dubai, a city where modernity collides at top speed with the pillars of tradition. Maya and her odd circle of friends take us on a humorous journey of challenges and adventures among Dubai’s mixed-up cocktail of mercenaries masquerading as businessmen, Muslims claiming to be Zoroastrians, married men posing as bachelors, single couples acting married, and gay couples playing straight. Romance, religion, lust, and tradition all come together in Dubai’s colorful, nuanced social scene to make a lip-smacking Desert Mojito.