Book I of the PRINCESS Trilogy

PRINCESS: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia
(Available in paperback or as an e-book on your Kindle or Nook)

PRINCESS describes the life of Princess Sultana Al Sa’ud, a princess in the royal house of Saudi Arabia. Hidden behind her black veil, she is a prisoner, jailed by her father, her husband and her country.

A New York Times bestseller, PRINCESS was named one of the 500 Great Books by Women since 1300. It was also an Alternate Selection of the Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club and a Reader’s Digest Selection.

“Absolutely riveting and profoundly sad…” –People

“A chilling story…a vivid account of an air-conditioned nightmare…” –Entertainment Weekly

“Must-reading for anyone interested in human rights.” –USA Today

The next books in the trilogy, Princess Sultana’s Daughters and Princess Sultana’s Circle, are available in paperback now. E-book editions will be released Spring 2011.


Mayada, Daughter of Iraq: One Woman’s Survival Under Saddam Hussein
(Available in paperback or as an e-book on your Kindle or Nook)

A member of one of the most distinguished and honored families in Iraq, Mayada grew up surrounded by wealth and royalty. But when Saddam Hussein’s regime took power, she was thrown into cell 52 in the infamous Baladiyat prison with seventeen other nameless, faceless women from all walks of life. To ease their suffering, these “shadow women” passed each day by sharing their life stories. Now, through Jean Sasson, Mayada is finally able to tell her story—and theirs—to the world.


Love in a Torn Land: The True Story of a Freedom Fighter’s Escape from Iraqi Vengeance
(Available in hardcover)

Joanna Al-Askari Hussain, a Kurdish woman living in Iraq, tells the broader story of ethnic tensions between the Kurds, Iraqis, Turks, Iranians, and Syrians. Written in the first person, Joanna’s story covers her romance with a Kurdish freedom fighter, marriage, and taking up the struggle against the Iraqis herself. She recalls times of raining dead and injured birds after a missile attack and of a desperate flight after her village was attacked by Saddam Hussein’s forces in 1987. Some 200,000 of her fellow Kurds were killed in a genocide campaign. Photographs and personal recollections–a wedding without the groom, a husband who hogs the covers, the adjustments of a pampered woman to a life of privation and personal demands–offer a very human look at the struggle of the Kurds in Iraq and one woman’s heroism.


Growing Up Bin Laden: Osama’s Wife and Son Take Us Inside Their Secret World
(Available in hardcover, paperback, or e-book)

In 1974, at the age of 15, Najwa married her first cousin, 17-year-old Osama bin Laden. She had grown up in a conservative Muslim household; he was one of the wealthy, powerful bin Ladens. She recalls a young husband drawn away on business and her life of seclusion and duty, giving birth to seven sons and four daughters, accepting other wives and children into the family and its itinerant homes. Omar, the fourth child of Osama and Najwa, recalls a severely strict father: no toys, no ventilators for boys who suffered from asthma, hikes in the desert with no water. Omar remembers accompanying his father to a training camp at 15 and their later confrontations—and eventual break—as he began to understand his father’s involvement in al-Qaeda. He also recalls conflicting emotions, including love and pride in his father and eventually shame for his father’s renown as a terrorist and architect of the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. A compelling look at the intimate family life of a notorious man, as told by his wife and son.


For the Love of a Son: One Afghan Woman’s Quest for Her Stolen Child
(Available as an e-book for your Kindle or Nook)

As a little girl in Afghanistan, Maryam fought for equality and defied the second-class standing of women by pretending to be a boy. When her feisty spirit nearly cost her life, after a public act of rebellion against the invasion of Russia, Maryam is forced to flee to America. But her fresh start at life is short-lived as her arranged marriage to a violent Afghan leaves her with only one joy–the birth of her son. When she attempts to escape her brutal marriage, her husband steals their son away and takes him back to Afghanistan, a land torn by civil war and Taliban oppression. What follows is the stirring true story of one mother’s struggle for justice, as she fights to be reunited with her son.

105 Responses to Books

  1. marym hail says:

    Dear jean,
    All I can say , I salute you .
    You are an inspirational writer.
    Love andd best wishes.
    Maryam Khail

    • pooja joshi says:

      hi jean,
      i m a great fan of urs n ur books too!
      my favourite one is princess trilogy..the first book i read was princess and since that dat i dont read nything else except for reading abt the middleeast woman..

      • jeansasson says:

        Thank you, Pooja! Sorry it took me so long to thank you, but I was traveling a lot but now am back to my offices.

        I hope you get to read all the books I have written…

        With very best wishes for you, Jean

  2. jeansasson says:

    Thank you, Maryam… I really appreciate you. Love, Jean

  3. Ana Paula Araripe says:

    I have read two books from Jean: Mayada, daughter of Iraq and Growing Up Bin Laden. Both are very well written and give us a wide portrait of the Middle East. I recommend Jean’s books: they are spetacular!!!! As a brazilian journalist, I have also interviewed Jean and I must say that I learned a lot with her and her writtings.
    Jean, congratulations, again!!!!
    Best wishes, Ana

    • jeansasson says:

      Ana, I surely hope you get to read all my books. I believe they are out in Brazil. Let me know if you can’t find them. Jean

      • SarahK says:

        Ana, you would love the Princess books, they are among my favourite books and I read them again and again, in fact I had to buy the first one again as I had literally wore it out! I hope Princess Sultana is well, do you still have contact Jean?

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  4. Teshnee Chetty says:

    Dear Jean,

    I have read the Princess trilogy several times over, and more recently, For The Love of a Son and Love in a Torn Land.

    I would just like to say you are one of my biggest role models as well as the women you have written about. One day I hope I can do something nearly as worthy with my life.
    The note from author which appears on the Amazon Kindle Store Jean Sasson page, is as if you are speaking from my heart.

    I am 23 years old and live in Johannesburg, South Africa.
    The first book I read which enlightened me of the horror that occurs in the Middle East was Not Without My Daughter by Betty Mahmoody. This was about 9 years ago, I was truly shocked. Since then I have tried to learn as much as I can about the countries in the Middle East and the plight of the women living there.

    I truly believe you have changed many lives, certainly mine, with the awareness you have brought to this cause. Princess Sultana, Joanna and Maryam will forever be in my heart and I will always wonder where they are and what they are doing now.

    Princess Sultana of Saudi Arabia, to this day I still refer to her as “My Princess”. What an incredible and strong woman, to defy her husband and family throughout her life to get what she felt was right. She attempted to and did help so many women, risking her life and the wrath of her family many a time. Her spunk and feistiness are a true inspiration to me. It took more than courage to share her story, being a member of the Saudi Royal family. She opened up doors to an unseen world.

    Joanna of Kurdistan, another example of the prevailing strength a human being can have, the sacrifice a human being can make. The strong love for her husband, the love of her life from a ripe young age, was incredible. The passion she had in her to fight for her rights and her land, her courage and bravery, once again, true inspiration.

    Finally, Maryam of Afghanistan, I cried and laughed during the reading of this book. While the other stories did not have so called “happy endings”, Maryam’s story struck me to the core more than the others because of the loss of her son, at the hands of the cruelty in the form of her first husband. I cannot imagine the pain she went through to have given birth to a sweet and innocent child only to see him 17 years later, changed into the living embodiment of his evil father. I only wish one day he will see the error of his ways and return to his mother the man he was meant to be.

    One thing these three women have in common, amongst many, is their bottomless love for their children, and for their respective countries. Despite being submitted to indescribable horror at the hands of the men of their countries, being faced with it on a daily basis, they have all prevailed and have inspired me. I have no doubt that I am one of many.

    Jean, thank you for bringing these stories to the forefront. I will definitely be reading the rest of the books you have written.
    Your writing is magnificent, creating a picture of these dusty lands so far away, and the stories within them.

    Thank you Jean and thank you to Princess Sultana, Joanna and Maryam. I cannot reiterate more, how much you have each changed my life. One day I will find a way to contribute to your cause.


  5. jeansasson says:

    Thank you, Teshnee… Your very lovely note means the world to me. And, I will tell Maryam and Joanna to come here to read your letter. I will print it up and show it to the princess. All will be very touched. You really cannot imagine how much it means to me, and to them, to know that their stories, and my hard work of writing, means so much to a person. Teshnee, I do so hope that you get to read MAYADA, DAUGHTER OF IRAQ as well. And, if you can, please get to know Najwa in GROWING UP BIN LADEN. I have been feeling a little down lately, but your letter lifted me right up! (smile)… Thank you, again, and I’m so sorry I was delayed in responding but I have been traveling without a laptop… Warmest regards, Jean

  6. Aishu says:

    Dear Jean,
    I am a14 years old girl from nepal studing in India.I have not read your book as I have a busy life (studing, dance, shooting….) but by reading it shortly i got some idia about it. I even read about Princess she is so beautiful and brave (as my mother wants me and my two small twins sister to be brave and beautiful as princess)
    I waneted to know how can we ( school girls) help to stop shocial evals happening to girls in country like Nepal and India and other. I would be very thankfull to you for suggesting and guiding me to to the correct direstion .( A humbbel request) I would be more happy if Princess and you give me some suggisition for my up comming life . Thank you and hope to get the reply as soon as possiable.
    Love Aishu🙂

  7. jeansasson says:

    Hi Aishu! Can you please email me at I will respond to you privately.

    Many thanks and have a lovely day, Jean

  8. wanie says:

    Hi Jean,

    Im from Malaysia .I ve read all the three books of ‘Sultana’ ,(princess , desert royal and daughters of arabic).Its part of my collectors ‘ items. As i cant stop reading it and to know more about the life of Royal Saudians .Its mostly heartbreaking stories but i truly adore the princess on how loving woman she is. Is there any sequal to come? I would like to thank you for amazing stories that you have wrote on behalf of ‘Princess Sultana’. Even though, im not a Arab, but the stories does amaze me as im a muslim with freedom to speak in my own country thus this Princess with high ranking could not speak for her own people (women) But , what Princess Sultana did in the book : “desert royal” it means alot for Arab women in Saudi and that i support her from the bottom of my heart and yes, she is truly, the Princess of Arab Saudi. I hope with the changes that occur in Arab Saudi now , even minor changes, can truly continue to help women on their rights.Thank you so much and May Allah bless “Princess Sultana’.

    • jeansasson says:

      Hi Wanie! I’m really pleased that the true story of Princess Sultana has touched your life. The inspiring women I write about mean so much to other people as they are very brave and really push hard for reform in their countries. I’ll pass on your comment to Princess Sultana’s daughter who is living in Europe and she will show to her mother. It does seem that slow change is coming for Saudi Arabia. Most of the women are now educated, and very sharp. The men are coming around, slowly…. I must say that I greatly admire how most women in Saudi Arabia are dealing with very challenging issues. I hope you get to read about other women I have written about, whether Mayada or Joanna or Maryam or Najwa Bin Laden… With all best wishes! Jean Sasson

  9. wanie says:

    Dear Jean,

    Thank you so much for your fast feedback. Yes, i will sure to get the other books as well. I really hope that Princess Sultana will continue to tell more stories as i really wish, her daughters and son will have her legacy to be further expand. Maybe, hope the Princess can tell more stories of women she helped and the changes effect their lives and her in the next book and how it can encourage women around the world or maybe is there any big changes occur in Princes towards the women? Seriously,i really hope the Princes read your book!🙂
    I really dont know what to say , only im truly love the Princess’s courage and please extended my Salam to her and her daughters.
    Thank you so much Jean.

  10. Vanessa Getar El Khazen says:

    Dear Jean:
    I was born in Argentina , but my family is from Lebanon.I had the opportunity to read the trilogy of Sultana a few years ago.I ´d like buy your other books too, but I dont Know why they did not come to Argentina.
    Please can you tell me if there is any way to buy online, written in Spanish?
    I have spent years trying to get your books, you’re a person I admire greatly.
    thanks for replying.
    Salam w Allah ma3ake!

    • jeansasson says:

      Hi Vanessa, Thanks so much for your note. My books used to all be in Argentina, but something happened with the publisher – I can’t recall if they went out of business or what. Afterward, a Spanish publisher called Plaza & Janes released most of my books in Spanish. I have seen some of them online for sale through AMAZON, but also, I suspect that Plaza & Janes are online, too.

      Check it out and if you don’t have success, let me know and I’ll ask my literary attorney for their website, okay?

      Thank you kindly! Jean

      PS: Your family is from one of my favorite countries, Lebanon… I’ve been there a few times and really loved it. I have not been to Argentina, but I have heard wonderful things about it…

  11. Pratika says:

    Dear Jean,
    Hi! How are you? I’m Pratika, 15 years old, studying in Dubai, in grade 10. I have been living in the Middle East for a long time and I can relate to your books quite easily. I am very much fascinated by your writing and passion towards books. I have read PRINCESS and I am now reading Princess Sultana’s Daughters. Both the books are interesting and informative.I wish i could meet Princess Sultana and tell her she is so brave and kind. She has inspired a lot of women around the globe. Although these books were written many years ago, IM VERY CURIOUS TO KNOW ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON IN SULTANA AND HER DAUGHTERS’ LIVES RIGHT NOW.
    Leaving my curiosity apart, I would like to share with you that I am a big fan of you. You are my role model. I would love to work as a woman rights activist in future and help the unfortunate woman around the world. Thank you for inspiring me!
    Yours Truly
    Pratika C.R

    • jeansasson says:

      Hello Dear Pratika, Thank you for your lovely note. It’s wonderful to hear from young women who enjoy reading and also meeting the wonderful heroines whom I write about. I hope you get to read the books about Mayada (Iraq) Joanna (Kurdistan) Maryam (Afghanistan) and Najwa (Syria & Saudi Arabia)… The world is filled with so many courageous women who are determined to create good in our world.

      As you know, there are three books about Princess Sultana and her family. You are now reading the one about her two daughters and their individual struggles when brought up in the extremely conservative culture of Saudi Arabia (when it comes to women, anyhow!) The last book (Princess Sultana’s Circle (titled Desert Royal in the British edition) tell how Princess Sultana and her sisters work for the freedom of women everywhere. The princess is still very youthful and is still working to educate young women. One of her daughters is now married and expecting a child. The other daughter is not married. Her son is married and has two children, so Princess Sultana is a happy grandmother. There will be more information about Princess Sultana’s family to be released late next year. So many things in Saudi Arabia are slowly moving towards good change — this is owed in great part to King Abdullah, who is making women’s issues a big part of his rule. He also has very intelligent daughters who keep this important issue in front of their father (smile).

      I believe that with your passion you will do great things for women. The most important is to get your education, to arm with knowledge so that you can go out into the world and help women in this very important endeavor. Pratika, I thank you for writing. You have my admiration for caring about important things in an age when many young people focus only on frivolous matters. I hope to hear from you again. With very special regards, Jean Sasson (

  12. Pratika says:

    Hey Jean,
    I have recently borrowed the book Daughter of Iraq Mayada. Can’t wait to read it! It was good to hear about Princess Sultana and her happy family (smile). I am eagerly waiting for the update on her life and family. Special thanks to King Abdullah for his great efforts.
    I promise to study well and make a change in the life of women around the globe in future. It was a pleasure writing to you and Thank you for your wonderful reply!
    Will write again… 
    Love, Pratika C.R

  13. Jean Sasson says:

    Of all the things the books I have written have accomplished, the one thing that makes my heart sing is the fact that so many young people are inspired and say that they will spend their lives helping humanity. NOTHING is more important to the princess, or to me. At some point we will not be around to continue this very important quest, but there are so many people inspired to take up the mantle of helping others, that I feel we have started something immensely important, and a cause that will help the world tremendously. Few people know that Princess Sultana was the first Saudi Arabian native woman who came out with her story of what life is like in the most conservative country in the world, Saudi Arabia. She started a deluge of books from native women all over the Middle East. What a wonderful legacy for her! Thank you, Pratika. Let me know what you think of MAYADA, DAUGHTER OF IRAQ. It is a very sad story, but another very worthwhile story… Lots of thanks along with a big hug, Jean

  14. Pratika says:

    Helping humanity is very important. Even in future there should be more and more youngsters with the thought of helping humanity. Not only in Middle East but even in other parts of the world, women are treated worse. In my own country, India, in very small parts of the nation female foeticide, polygamy, dowry system etc, although made illegal they are still practiced. Well, the country is still developing and thanks to the police and other important people of the country who are applying great efforts in putting an end to these cruel deeds. And there are many women who even after death don’t get justice. For example: The murder of Junko Furuta in Japan. She was only 16 at the time of her murder and she went through 44 days of torture. The four guys responsible for Junko’s death are still roaming free which is not at all fair. There are million other cases to explain. Anyways there is always a ray of hope. One day this will stop. We all can join hands together to stop this. And specially with women like Princess Sultana, Mayada, Jean Sasson and many more to come, all this is possible!!!!
    Anyways have to get back to reading Daughter of Iraq…
    Will reply after im done with the book
    With lots of love, Pratika C.R

    • jeansasson says:

      Thanks, Pratika — all words of wisdom…I agree with you on the case of Junko Furuta. I was HORRIFIED when I read that story. Let me know what you thought of MAYADA… I’d be interested in knowning. J.

      • Pratika says:

        Hey jean!
        How are you? Just got back after my exams. I read Daughter of Iraq and it was heart-breaking but worth reading. I was deeply saddened after reading about the torture those women went through. It just filled my eyes with tears. Mayada was lucky to escape from that hell and it was very brave of her to show the true reality and life of these helpless women to the world. As I came across her pictures, I realised how extremely beautiful she is. I am also very proud to know that she works for gulf news paper as staff reporter and I receive gulf news everyday so I read her articles regularly. On the other hand I received the third book of Princess (Desert Royal) for my birthday and I have started reading it. Im reading the part where Omar enters Sultana’s palace. I was yet again deeply saddened after reading about the girls locked in Faddel’s palace. I notice that as when I read all the books, I build up a sudden urge everyday- an urge to get out my house and do something to help all the girls who are suffering and I know that they have suffered enough. Its time for them to set free and fight for their rights. Well, im just waiting for that time when I will be independent and able to reach out to girls of my age who have not had the opportunity to live a comfortable life like me.
        Apart from all this, I read your tweets and the tweet that caught my attention was about the filming of Princess and about a girl named Fiza. Firstly, I have already informed you about Fiza. She has not put her original photo. Secondly, is it really true about the film production? (if it is, then it is so exciting! and let me know)
        Oh yes, if u can please do give my regards to the Princess and Mayada.
        Just to let you know, I enjoy writing to you. You are my favourite Author and the one who understands my true feelings.
        Love, Pratika C.R

  15. neelima TAMBE says:

    all salutes n respect to this lovely writer, who writes wonderfully well,to the point and maintains interest through out…….


  16. Mary Stone says:

    I have just finnished reading Mayada, Daughter of Iraq and was touche by it. I would love to know if the shadow women were found by Mayada or anyone else.

    • jeansasson says:

      Thank you, Mary. I was so upset while writing those stories told to me by Mayada, that I used to weep… Mayada tried to call after the 2003 war was over but didn’t have much luck. The prison had been emptied and destroyed and even now many people in that area don’t have telephones. She did get one of the women’s homes but the person there was frightened and hung up! SO, we can only pray and hope that some of the women survived or had been moved to another prison, which did happen under Saddam’s regime. Mayada escaped in 1999 and the war was 2003 and we both know that a lot can happen in four years…. Thank you for caring…

  17. Sara Silva says:

    It was my father who bought the Princess book. First time I read it, I was about 15 years old. I have 31, now, and I can say it’s my favourite book. The 3 books, are the only ones I’ve read more than once. And are the only ones that I insist people to read. In fact, I really use to persuade them to read it. Because, unfortunately, I can not feel, ever again, the happiness of reading the Princess for the first time. But I want my friends to experience that joy. In my country (Portugal), I have all the freedom I want, and reading about the life of these women, makes me value my freedom. I think about the princess, in same situations, and I give her as an example. A lot of my friends know her, although they haven’t read the book… I would looooove to hear more about her story. (Me and thousand others, i’m sure). To you, for writting her story the way you do, and to the princess, to had such a brave life, thank you! I will show it to my grandsons.


  18. Jean Sasson says:

    Hi Sara, This is a lovely story. Tell your father that although I have many readers who tell me that their mother bought them the books, I’ve never had a letter from someone saying it was their father who bought it! Your dad must be a very special man — please tell him I said hello. I know what you mean about the first time of reading a book that really touches you — I feel the same way about a number of books — although I re-read, it’s never the same as that first time! Listen, you might be interested in knowing that my Portuguese publisher just came out with a beautiful new edition that has ALL THREE books in one edition. I will try to post that book cover on my blog site within the next couple of days. That way you can tell all your friends and they can get the one book… And, I think it is so beautiful that it will be a collector’s item. It’s one of my favorite covers EVER. Thanks so much for writing and sharing — it meant a lot to me. Chat later, I hope! Jean

  19. Sara Silva says:

    Yes, of course I would love to have that 3 in 1 book! It’s definitely a collector’s item to me. Please post. He laughed when I said he is the only dad, known as buyer of the princess book. Maybe I will ask him to buy that new edition, once more.

  20. Jean Sasson says:

    Great! I have some outside appointments today but will scan and post tomorrow. Glad we gave your sweet dad a smile! I’ll chat later, then. Jean

  21. Erica Jackson says:

    Jean, I am have nearly finished all three of your books on Princess Sultana. They are inspirational and very informative. I thank the Princess for sharing her story through you. I am a journalist myself and I very much appreciate the work you have done — my dream as a writer is to make an impact such as you have done through these books. Works such as yours so vital — so many people don’t even understand the Muslim religion. Just today, while at the gym, a woman got on the treadmill next to me (as I was reading your book no less) and pointed out to me the number of Muslims taking an aerobics class. She looked right at me and said, “They probably have bombs hiding under their scarves.” I wanted to spit. Instead, I took the high road and told her they were actually friends of mine, our children are friends and ride the bus together. She was speechless.

    • jeansasson says:

      I love hearing your story. Although the women I write about are critical of the aspects of their cultures and countries that discriminate against women, all are proud of their heritage and love their countries. Yes, the women and their stories made it clear that there is room for improvement when it comes to womens’ lives. Yet, I’ve discovered that there is more good than bad anywhere one looks. There’s no country, nor any person, who don’t have room for improvement! Most of the people I have met in the Middle East are genuinely good. I feel fortunate to have lived and travelled in the Middle East. My dearest friends are Muslim. So, I, like you, really feel distaste when anyone judges an entire nation of people by a few bad apples. I was at a party once and someone I had known since childhood made the comment that I should be tried for treason and executed because I befriend Muslims. Imagine that! And, this man had received a high degree, although he was obviously not educated despite his degree! I, too, look forward to one day reading your works, for you certainly have the kind of personality that will make it happen. Best of luck to you…. Jean

  22. Erica Jackson says:

    Wow you are fast at replying.🙂 Thank you.
    It is such a shame there are educated people out there that are so very ignorant.
    I have always been drawn to Middle Eastern Studies and the plight of women and I look forward to reading your other books and hope you will release an updated book on the Princess one day.
    Best –

  23. Sreyoshi Dutta says:

    Hi Jean!
    I am a 19year old girl from India and a HUGE fan of you and your books. I have read all your books except for Mayada–i haven’t got a chance to read it till now! I just want to say that all your books are very inspirational. I had read Princess about 3 years back and fell in love with the story instantly and have been reading your works since then. A big salute to all the women who have endured such violent and harsh lives and still look ahead in life and smile and also to you for bringing their stories to us–to inspire us and educate us. You are one of my favourite authors and I am eagerly waiting for your next book..when is it releasing by the way?🙂

    Please do let me know if I can be of any help to you and to the women of our world who suffer till date. I will be glad if i can help in any way possible.

    Hope to hear from you soon.

  24. maria says:

    hi Jean
    My name is Maria.I’m 16 yrs old.I’m from Pakistan.I’ve read the 3 books of Princess Sultana.I Finished DESERT ROYAL yesterday.The books were heart breaking.You’ve done extraordinary work.I just wanted to thank you for writing these books and Princess Sultana for sharing her life with us.

  25. Apoorva verma says:

    Dear Jean,
    I am a very big fan of yours. I am Apoorva verma from India. I had started reading ur books since i was in grade 8, and now i am in grade 11. The first book dat i had read was love in a torn land. it inspired me so much dat i started reading all ur books. i am only left with growing up bin laden and the rape of kuwait which i have ordered and hhope to get it at the end if the year.

    I wanted to write to u, because there is a presentation in our school about a terrorist. Everyone is doing on osama bin laden. i also wanna do the presentation on him but i don’t want to copy it from the internet. So i wish if u could help me in my presentation.

    I would be glad if u help me….
    with love,

  26. Tiffany K. Ahmed says:

    You are my favorite author! I tell you this everytime I write to you. I cannot wait to read this book, “For the Love of a Son!” I’ve read everything you’ve written except this one &, “Growing Up Bin Laden.” Very excited to read both!
    I need to hurry & get these read so I will be ready for your new one. Yay, can’t wait! Everyone of your books I begin to read, I cannot put down & literally put my life on hold until I finish it. I’m so blessed to have discovered you & your awesome books. Thank you Jean!

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  30. Dear Jean,
    its so good to write to u again……….u know I got all ur books now at ma place………i have read all ur books……nd i am so glad that i got to know about u nd ur books………….ur books connect me to the lives of women across the world………..u must have heard about the delhi gangrape case of a 23 year old medical student…………its so depressing to hear such news…………we are nt safe in the place we live…………..she went to Singapore nd breathed her last there………..i have read all ur books by now…………bt still i love reading them again and again……….last nyt i completed mayada again!!!!
    plssss do reply nd share ur views!!!!

    With love

    • jeansasson says:

      Thank you, Apoorva, I’m so happy you have all the books. You might want to know that another will be out in 6 months. I’ll keep you updated.

      Yes, this news about what is happening in India is upsetting to all people who have a beating heart. I am hoping that the women of India will continue to work together to bring much needed change. I am far away in physical form, but my spirit is right there with you all!

      Thank you, again… Jean

  31. Awwww!!!!!
    Dear Jean
    I am so happy that u replied………….nd i am eager to read ur book which is cuming out soon!!!!
    thanku 4 sharing ur views about the delhi victim……
    i was again reading ur book “for the love of a son”……..
    i still doubt dat the boy maryam met after a gap of 14 years was not her son Duran but some other spoilt brat……… such boy would talk to her mother in such a way watever way moulded in!!!!
    I wish maryam is happy in her life with her son nd husband!!!!
    on the other hand i wanted to know about “Maha Al Sa’ud”, princess sultana’s daughter!!!
    Whom did she marry nd howz her life????…… i read in one of ur interviews dat u r in constant touch with princess sultana!!!!

    P.S. – i am kind of overexcitd to get ur rply…… plz forgive if anything i said has hurt u!!!!

    With Love

    • jeansasson says:

      Good Saturday morning from Atlanta, Ga., Apoorva. I am always happy to hear from those who care about the women I write about. And, who take the time to write me a note.

      There’s a lot going on in India and the entire world should care enough to at least make their feelings known and their desire for good change to come. EVERY country in the world can improve, as you know, including the USA and other western nations. So, India is the same but this problem for women is huge and needs addressing. But no one can REALLY bring change but the Indian people.

      Actually, it WAS Maryam’s son. It was a sad end, I admit, but sometimes children can be terribly affected by kidnappings and by an adult telling them lies to hate the wrong people. After years of such abuse, it is not a surprise.

      Maha is doing great — she no longer lives in Saudi Arabia. She is not married. She is helping her mother with her charity which educates young Muslim females.

      I am not in constant contact with the princess. I generally speak with her a couple of times a year and see her every 12 to 18 months for a visit when she comes to the USA or to London.

      Nothing you have said has hurt me, don’t you worry. It’s great that people can express how they are feeling and their thoughts! It’s “freedom of the mind!” (A GOOD THING!)

      For now, have a lovely day, Jean

  32. Hey jean,
    Good to hear 4rm u again……its nice to know that Maha is helping her mother with such a wonderful job…….bringing change in lives of women in saudi arabia is a great thing to do….on the other hand…..hwz amani…..???

  33. jeansasson says:

    Yes, Maha is a very strong girl and a lot like her mother… Amani is now married and has one child. She is very happy, although her mother is a little sad at SOME of her daughter’s choices, but not all, of course. THe princess is very close to both her daughters, son, and her grandchildren. It is a VERY close family…

    • Dear Jean,
      thanku 4 sharing ur views nd answering to ma questions without any hesitation………
      I am very glad that u took the time to reply me………

      • esha says:

        hi apoorva judging from ur sir name i infer dat u r frm india and that u n me r of da same age. da cndition of women is v.bad in india too…i wud lv 2 knw ur views n may b v can form our own circle to help women in india….plz do rply

  34. lloyd irvin says:

    Today, I went to the beachfront with my children. I found a sea shell and gave
    it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed
    the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.
    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is totally off topic but
    I had to tell someone!

  35. AussieWoman says:

    Dear Jean

    I first tried to read Princess when I was in my early twenties. I couldn’t finish it then because I was too deeply disturbed by what I read. I was troubled that women were being treated like this and that millions of people behaved this way and that it was ‘normal’.
    Fast forward another 20 years and I find myself working in the Middle East as a professional on large-scale projects. I didn’t last long and I left because of fear for my safety at work. The experience had a profound impact on me though and I struggled to make sense of it.
    Fast forward another 5 years during which time I wrote a journal about my experience in the Middle East and eventually an MA thesis. I wanted to dedicate (as you can) my MA thesis to people like Sultana, who step forward to tell their story and to the relationships (such as yours and Sultanas) that enable these stories to get out to the broader world. I didn’t do it then but I am now….accounts like this should be in the public realm. Last night I finally finished reading Princess and half my life has gone by.
    Life is strange and somehow and in a small way I’ve become entwined with some of the themes described in Princess and others accounts. I feel there is a book to be written about people who go to work in the Middle East…..what the maids saw, what the professionals saw, etc. What are the learnings for others. I feel very strongly that people going to work in the ME need first hand accounts to help them understand the huge canvas of change. To help them be more effective and to help them survive.
    Kind Regards

  36. jeansasson says:

    Thank you so much for your very interesting letter. I read it a couple of times… Amazing how our life experiences affect others, isn’t it? That would be wonderful to dedicate your thesis to Princess Sultana. She is an incredibly brave woman who has made a huge impact on many lives. I am very proud to be her voice in the books about her life. I don’t disagree with you regarding a book about the expats living in Saudi Arabia. For every person working in SA, there is an interesting story to be told. Thanks for writing. I do appreciate it… I hope to hear from you again.

  37. Kathy Yacone says:

    Dear Jean, Thank you so much for getting back to me regarding your book american chick in saudia arabia. I live in Somerset, nj. If you have any suggestions on how to get this book let me know. I have a nook if that helps

  38. Dear Jean,

    I downloaded your first princess book for free on Amazon. I actually did it for my mom since she has my kindle as I have the ipad. She read the book and told my sister and I to read it and if I could get her the other two books. My sister read it on our recent trip to Portugal and Spain and loved the story. She insisted that I read the book as soon as I was done with the book I was reading. I began last week and was hooked. So much so that I have been going to bed late because I just couldn’t put down my ipad. Every night was the same thing just one more chapter. I feel a great connection with the Princess and her family. She made me cry but also made me laugh with her schemes against her brother. I never experienced what these women endure in their country and my heart aches for the way they are treated. Born and raised in NY I can’t imagine not being able to stand up for myself or give my opinion without retributions. To abuse little girls and marrying them off so young to old men is literally a child abuser who should be punished. The story in book three where a handicapped child is considered to be the lowest of the lows just made me sick because my own son who just turned 21 is special needs and is the most precious person in our lives. I can’t even imagine what that poor child’s life is going to be like as he gets older.

    I am about to read American chic and then your other books. Thank you and the Princess for sharing your stories about life for women in the Middle East. I truly hope and pray that the day will come very soon where they can be independent and free to do as they wish without fear and repercussions for their actions. Can’t wait to read your next Princess book you both are my heroes. I have told all my cousins and friends to read the Princess trilogy.

    Warmest regards,

    • jeansasson says:

      Dear Jeannine, How lovely to receive your e-mail and to know that your mom is a part of this loving a book process. I love it when someone reads the same book I’m reading and we can discuss it! I hope you don’t lose sleep while reading the book, but I know how that is. This past week I was reading a special book and was sleep deprived!

      Princess Sultana is a unique woman and her story has impacted so many lives. For that I am forever thankful.

      Please note that American Chick is only an installment and that it tells my first impressions of Saudi Arabia and of three very unusual Saudi women I met (prior to meeting Princess Sultana 5 years later)… I think you will enjoy it because Princess Sultana’s story has intrigued you about her land, and the people & customs.

      Thanks for spreading the word — word of mouth is the best way route for a book.

      I recall that my literary agent worked with my publisher to get PRINCESS on a special for 99cents (for 48 hours) but don’t recall it being free on Amazon, although of course, 99cents seems free compared to the usual prices of books.

      For now, have a most lovely day. I hope you get to read more books I have written about other very courageous women. ( Thank you, again, Jeannine. Love to your mom and sister. Jean Sasson

  39. Kristin says:

    Hi Jean,

    Just wanted to say I love what I have read of your work so far. I read Princess and Love in a Torn Land towards the end of high school and am now graduating from university. I have travelled to Morocco and Jordan and read anything I can about womens’ situation in this region. I just finished reading American Chick and I could relate to many of your initial observations. I am looking to order more of your books now, but I was kind of confused about the trilogy. Is Princess Sultana’s Daughters the same as Daughters of Arabia, and is Princess Sultana’s Circle the Same as Desert Royal? If you could clear that up it would be wonderful🙂 and which of your books do you suggest I read next? Can’t wait to dive into another woman’s story🙂


    • jeansasson says:

      Hi Kristin, It’s lovely to hear from you. I’m so glad that you are a reader of my books, and about the courageous women who are featured in my books… You have had quite a few experiences for some one so young — travel is the greatest educator, I’m convinced.

      Yes, you are right: PRINCESS SULTANA’S DAUGHTERS is the USA edition — and the book is the same in the UK edition but is titled DAUGHTERS OF ARABIA.
      Same with PRINCESS SULTANA’S CIRCLE — it’s titled DESERT ROYAL in the UK edition.

      I can’t decide what to tell you between: MAYADA: DAUGHTER OR IRAQ, or FOR THE LOVE OF A SON (Afghanistan) and finally YASMEENA’S CHOICE, which is a little bit graphic because it had to be to tell what happened to the women being held as sex slaves…

      So, you won’t go wrong with any of the three I mention, although all are tough reads due to what happened to my heroines.

      Let me know what you choose!

      For now, have a most lovely day and keep me updated as to what you are up to!

      With very best wishes, Jean

  40. Kristin says:

    Thank you so much for the reply, Jean! I think I will just have to order all of them and work my way through. I just returned from an internship in Amman and am now looking for work in Qatar since I have many contacts there. Not sure yet what the future holds, but at 23 I am excited to continue traveling the world and meeting more extraordinary women. Can’t wait to start reading!

  41. Akmaral says:

    Dear Jean,
    Hope you are doing well.
    I just wanted to say how I love your books. I even cried a lot of times while reading, you made me think. I really hope that I can meet you personally and to say thank you!
    I wish you best of luck and you are great woman I have ever know.

    • jeansasson says:

      Dear Amaral, I am doing much better. I have been fighting the flu bug but don’t feel sorry for myself as so many people in the world are fighting terrible diseases. So I am lucky to only have the flu.

      I’m so happy that you love my books. I smile only because I weep when I am writing the books, and you weep when you read them, so we share very similar emotions! (smile) Thank you again. You are too kind to take the time to write to me. With very good wishes, Jean

  42. Ushma says:

    Dear jean
    I m a great fan of yours. This is my second time reading the princess trilogy. I can’t wait for the fourth book
    Good luck.

    Love & best wishes

  43. Taylene says:

    I was 16 when I read princess,
    It changed my life.
    I haven’t known of any other books as I picked it up in a second hand store for $5 and out of 100,000,000 books this stood out the most. I finished it on a long train ride home. It inspired me to study community service and help support women who go through similar experiences. Thank you for writing this jean, I’m looking forward to reading all your other books.


  44. esha says:

    HELLO JEAN MAM I AM A 17 YEAR OLD FROM DELHI,INDIA. there have been many problems for us girls in my country as well as the world!! i as an army man’s daughter am really angered to see that we all are victims of this patriacal society!! even for going to the tution alone seems like a big task to me! but mam ur books rally motivate me thank u mam!!!
    mam i wud love to talk to princess sultana as our ideas and personas are very similar and i am also o direct royal decendent of 1 of the kings of himachal,india.
    Also mam i want you to tell me how i can contribute to bring a significant change in the lives of women in India as well as all over the world???
    i believe that v young minds can really make a difference! and that if v do’nt stand up for ourselves then no 1 will!!!

    • jeansasson says:

      Hi Esha, I’m sorry but I’m in the middle of a book deadline and working around the clock, so I am a little slow in responding to e-mails. I know what you mean about being angry that any women ANYWHERE, whether India or Saudi Arabia or the USA is abused. It is time for such things to STOP and we all must work together. That is why I write the books I write, as so others will become involved with this world-wide problem.

      You seem to have an interesting background and I’ll bet you and members of your family have a lot to share with the world. I, too, believe that young minds are the answer.

      For the moment I must finish my book project which will take me another 10 to 15 days. Can you write me back in 15 days and write me to I’ll look forward to hearing from you, Thank you again for writing. It means a lot to me… Jean

    • Heyyy esha,
      i really love being a part of women welfare in the world…….i have just completed my 12th grade and i am taking up journalism and mass communication for my graduation. I have an intention to work in an NGO related to women in my vacations. Since u are in delhi and interested in bringing a change…..i would definately love to talk to u more!!!
      Please do mail me personally…
      My e-mail id is –

      i would wait for ur mail!!!!

  45. esha says:

    maam i wud be really happy if u please leave a reply……

    • jeansasson says:

      I just replied to your first e-mail! I hope you see it.. Thanks, Esha, Jean

      • esha says:

        thank you so much mam for replying to me! mam you really made my day! i am sooooooo…….. happy!!! thank you soooo…. much mam! i still can not believe that its really u!

  46. jeansasson says:

    Yes, it’s me, Esha! I look forward to talking to you further the moment I finish this book project in a week or so. Bye for now! Jean

  47. Jamila says:

    I have emailed you a couple of times. But no answer
    I am a big fan of yours. I am from the Middle East myself.
    I wonder how many of your books have been translated in Russian? I know the princess Sultana has been, but is there any other book of yours has been translated into russian, if so where can I find them? Thank you in advance.

    P.S. I read all of your books, but my mom unfortunately doesn’t speak english and she wants to read them in russian. she LOOOVED the first book she read by you.

    • jeansasson says:

      Hi Jamila! I’m sorry — I try to answer all e-mails but sometimes I get on a book project and it is impossible to respond to everyone. Please accept my apologies.

      Yes, about 6 of my books are in the Russian language. I’ll check with my Russian publisher to find out which ones.

      I’ll be back with you in a couple of days. Thanks, Jamila. And, you can write to me direct at

      • Jamila says:

        Great! I sent you an email as well. I would really appreciate if you could give me the website of where I could purchase those all 6 books that have been translated in Russian. Or lead me to the right path as where I could get them.

        Thanks in advance

      • jeansasson says:

        Hi Jamila, Sorry, I had to have surgery and have gotten behind on everything. Yes, I will look into one of the Russian language books and copy the contact information and will send to you in a couple of days. Please do write to me again at and you will hear from me I PROMISE. Thank you and once again, so sorry.

      • Jamila says:

        I did send you an email. I am going back to my country in December, and I would like to get the books by then as a gift for my mom. Waiting for you answer/reply.


      • jeansasson says:

        So sorry, Jamila, but my computer was broken and I have not been on line for weeks. Where are you now?

  48. Heyy Mam,
    I am Apoorva from India. I have sent u a mail on –
    Please have a look at it and reply soon.

    waiting for your reply
    Apoorva Verma

  49. Jean Sasson says:

    I did not see it… Please do send again and I will be logging back on, on Thursday night…

  50. Pavithra Ravi says:

    Hi Jean,
    My name is Pavithra and I am a South Indian. A few months ago, I had sent you an e-mail to tell you how grateful I am to the incredible work you’ve done in being the voice of women who have no voice of their own. I was at a book store in Bangalore looking for books by Tracy Chevalier and I had to climb a small ladder to reach the top shelf. As I was scanning the books while balancing on the ladder, I saw ‘Growing Up Bin Laden’ sitting precariously as if waiting for my attention. The moment I set my eyes on it, I quickly paid for it and ran into the nearest coffee shop, ordered a drink and settled into a comfortable couch and ravenously read page after page. I had forgotten about my family waiting for me at home. I left the cafe that evening just as they were shutting down and devoted myself to reading your book, enthralled by your narration which was taking me to lands I had never even dreamed off. I found myself living in the Bin Laden household in my imagination, feeling every emotion that each of your characters must have felt. As I was reading the last few pages, I looked you up online and found that there was so much that you had written that I wanted to read about. So, within a week, I was back at the book store picking up 4 more of your works – The Princess Trilogy and Love in a torn land.

    I had emailed you a few weeks ago, but obviously you have been busy.
    I have a request for you. When you do visit Bangalore,India or San Jose,USA (I live in both cities intermittently) would you have the time and inclination to meet me and my family ? Every day as I prepare to sleep, there is a part of me that wishes that I had you for a mentor and friend. There is so much about the world that I want to learn from you that I am sure will help me understand myself and where I come from, better. You have a wealth of knowledge and experience that I earnestly hope you’d share with me.

    I am an engineer by education and profession, but my heart lies in books, food and photography. I hope I can one day be run a small cafe and library. I have no worldly experience to write books and I know that I never will, but I do like to write small blog posts about little things that affect me. Is there any mild hope that you’d be willing to mentor me ?

    I hope to hear from you soon, Jean.

    Much Regards,

    • jeansasson says:

      Dear Pavithra, I thank you SO much for your lovely note. In fact, I generally respond to most e-mails within a week or two, but I have been ill and even had to have surgery. I’m recovering from surgery now — it is not life-threatening, but I can’t do anything and I can’t sit at the computer for more than a few minutes at the time. HOWEVER, I want to respond to you fully, but it will be a few days. I would love to share your note and since it is on a public site, I’m assuming you won’t mind? You can also write to me at my personal e-mail at — that would be lovely… I will be back in touch, I promise… Thank you, again, Jean

      • Pavithra Ravi says:

        Hi Jean,
        Thank you so much for replying to my note and please feel free to share it on your blog. I hope you are recovering from surgery well and I wish you are back on your feet soon.
        I will write to you at your personal e-mail id too and look forward to your reply.

        Thank you, Jean.
        Take care.

  51. Hello Jean, I have written to you at your personal email id as well. Look forward to hearing back from you !

  52. Jean Sasson says:

    Hi Pavithra! I’m up and about for the first time in a while — I had surgery, and this is the first day I’ve really felt okay. Yes, I will go and look at my personal e-mail later today. I’ve enjoy your news and about your life — very interesting to me… You take care, too! Jean

  53. Jean Sasson says:

    Dear Jamila, I’m sorry — I’ve been looking for my Russian publisher’s books — I have copies. I have been unable to find them as I believe I boxed them up and packed them away. I’m writing to my literary agent tonight and ask for the name of the publisher. I know they did the three PRINCESS books in Russian language, but sometimes they only print a certain number of copies and when they sell out, that’s it! I will be away until Tuesday night but am writing my agent NOW before I leave so I can get the name of the publisher in Russia. ALSO, a bookstore there MIGHT be able to look up my name JEAN SASSON and tell you the books that have been available in Russian. Please write me again on WEDNESDAY as I should have the answer by then. ALSO, best to send a double message to Bye for now and thanks!

  54. Jean Sasson says:

    Dear Pavithra, I’m sorry. My life has been totally out of control since January 2014! And, it is gaining on me! Can you please write to me again (just cut and paste this lovely note you have sent to me) and send it directly to I will be back in my office on Wednesday and I will see your note then! If I don’t answer within 24 hours, send me another reminder, as I REALLY do want to speak with you. Thank you, so much! Jean

  55. Hi Jean,
    I sent you a note a few days ago. I just thought I would ask if you had a chance to read my mail. I am excited to hear from you!


    • jeansasson says:

      Didn’t you get my reply? Let me know!

      • Ol'Bird says:

        Hi Jean,
        I haven’t received a mail from you. I just checked my mail box to see if your could have mistakenly landed in another folder, but I don’t see your mail at all..

        I look forward to read your mail. Is there a way you could resend it, please ?


  56. Ol'Bird says:

    Hi Jean,
    It is so good to hear from you. I haven’t gotten a reply from you, Jean. I checked and re checked my mail box to see if by any chance they were sent to folders other than the inbox, but no, I didn’t find any mail from you.

    Look forward to reading your mail.


  57. Anisa Shezadi says:

    Wow Jean your writings are amazing ! Keep it up xxx

  58. Gemma doherty. says:

    Hi im just wondering if you can tell me the correct order of all your books i know the first 3 (princess, daughters of arabia & desert royal) bt whats the correct order after these books? Thankyou.

    • jeansasson says:

      Hi, here’s the list! THanks for writing and I Hope to get to read all of my book…

      Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia
      Princess Sultana’s Daughters (DAUGHTERS OF ARABIA IN UK)
      Princess Sultana’s Circle (DESERT ROYAL in the UK)
      Princess, More Tears to Cry
      Princess, Secrets to Share

      Ester’s Child
      Mayada, Daughter of Iraq
      Love in a Torn Land
      Growing up Bin Laden
      For the Love of a Son
      American Chick in Saudi Arabia
      Yasmeena’s Choice
      The Rape of Kuwait

  59. Gemma doherty says:

    Thankyou so much, i love a good book but your books are amazing im hooked 😊, thankyou.

  60. jeansasson says:

    So glad to hear this, Gemma! THANKS and have a wonderful day! Jean

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