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Mistress of Nothing
by Kate Pullinger
Since her teens, Sally has served consumptive Lady Duff-Gordon. Her lady’s health is failing, so the doctor sends them to live in the dry Egyptian desert, leaving their families in England. They hire Omar, a local man, to ease their way into Egyptian culture and help Sally run the small household. Sally and Omar fall in love and she becomes pregnant. Though already married, Omar is allowed by law to take a second wife. Their relationship so angers Lady Duff-Gordon that she sets out to ruin her loyal maid, who is aided by a surprising alliance with wife number one.