Dreamers of the Day
by Mary Doria Russell

At the end of World War I, Agnes Shanklin, an Ohio schoolteacher, uses her inheritance to take a trip to Egypt and the Holy Land. While there she meets and socializes with Lawrence of Arabia, Winston Churchill and other leaders involved in the Cairo Peace Conference staying at her hotel. She learns firsthand how and why the borders of Iraq, Palestine and Jordan are draw as they are. Not only does Agnes get a taste of history in the making, but she also has her first romantic encounter with a man who turns out to be a spy. Russell, an Ohio author, brings to life the unique and rich culture of the Middle East as it was then and still is today.

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