Anytown, U.S.A.A. — In Saudi Arabia

While the book is undoubtedly documentary, Ms. Malik’s account is first and foremost a personal investigation of her own memory.
“It just felt like my normal,” Ms. Malik said.
Ms. Malik herself emerges as a central character in this narrative.
It would have been fairly standard Norman Rockwell Americana — if it hadn’t taken place in an enclosed compound in Saudi Arabia operated by the world’s largest oil company.
Ms. Malik, an American citizen of Pakistani descent, grew up in Dhahran Camp, a 22.5-square-mile gated community first developed for the American employees of the Arabian American Oil Company, now the state-owned behemoth Saudi Aramco.

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