Despite Saudi Arabia’s oil wealth, women in the country are tragically poor when it comes to personal freedom. Females in the country are still controlled by their fathers and husbands who hold absolute power of life and death over them. These men can carry out brutal physical and psychological punishments without fear of breaking the law.
Princess More Tears To Cry is the fourth book by Jean Sasson to highlight the plight of women in Saudi Arabia. Primarily told through the voice of Princess Sultana Al Sa’ud, it details what life is like for women in Saudi Arabia today. It updates readers on the Princess’s own life, as well as that of her family, and brings non-royal Saudi women into the spotlight. These are the women who fight every day to bring freedom to women in their country.
Sasson began her journey into the private world of Saudi women in 1978 when she was employed at a specialist hospital in the country’s capital. From there she befriended the Princess, and together they paired up to bring the hardships Saudi women face to light. This fourth book, 20 years after the first, is no easy read — genital mutilation, forced marriages, sexual abuse, even murder, are all documented.
Princess More Tears To Cry is a roller coaster of a book – you’ll cry both happy and sad tears, laugh out loud and be shocked into silence. As a woman, and a mother to two young daughters, it was heartbreaking, captivating, and horrifying reading about the injustices thrust upon these women purely because of their gender. But it was also uplifting and inspiring to see women showing determined courage against the most daunting odds.
It is a powerful book that is not only a biography, but an informative and detailed book that will educate readers. This update will keep millions of Princess Sultana supporters hooked, as well as allow a new generation of readers an insight into the a new generation of Saudi readers.