The Contract

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She Writes Press
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5.5 X 0.8 X 8.4 inches | 0.8 pounds
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About the Author
Sheila Grinell spent forty years creating science museums in the US and consulting on museum projects around the world. A few years ago she turned to literature, publishing a debut novel, Appetite, in 2016. The Contract is her second work of fiction. Grinell writes a monthly newsletter and social media updates to engage her readers and gives talks at bookstores and libraries about "writing as a second act." Born in a taxi in Manhattan, she studied at The Bronx High School of Science, Harvard University, and the University of California at Berkeley. She lives in Phoenix with her husband, Tom Johnson, and their dog.
"A contrast between Saudi and American ways that sets the stage for an engrossing exploration of personal and political issues."
--Kirkus Reviews

". . . an engaging story that not only examines its protagonist's beliefs and doubts, but also actively and compassionately challenges them."
--The BookLife Prize

"Jo, a driven executive isolated from even her closest loved ones by the certitude of her prejudices, finds herself competing in Saudi Arabia to design a museum. Convinced a win would at long last establish her reputation, Jo actually wins something much greater. And like Jo, readers will win deep insights not only into Saudi culture but into themselves."
--Karen Elliott House, author of On Saudi Arabia, Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines--and Future
"The Contract begins as a take-charge American woman arrives in Saudi Arabia to chase a deal she hopes will bring international acclaim to her design company. She plows ahead despite the misgivings of those closest to her. That's what's on the surface. Ah, but the undercurrents. Author Sheila Grinell takes readers deep as she explores titanic clashes of culture and personality."
--Linda Valdez, author of Crossing the Line: A Marriage Across Borders

"Fascinating insights into the world of museum exhibits, the frustrations of American women doing business in Saudi Arabia, and the emotional mysteries of marriage. Characters are vivid and captivating, and creative plot twists keep the reader engrossed."
--Alesa Lightbourne, author of The Kurdish Bike