Princess by Jean Sasson, is an extraordinary tale of the ordinary life of a Saudi Arabian princess Sultana. The name 'Sultana' is a fake one, and this has been done so in order to protect her identity by kings.
Every day the land of Kings comes in the international papers with things such as latest building that float on water to shopping festivals. Now, think about a Saudi Arabian princess. The first image we get is that of a woman adorned with gold from head to toe, riding the most luxurious cars, living in the biggest houses, surrounded by hundreds of servants, designer shoes to designer ear rings, and all the other heavenly pleasures. However, the story of Sultana, as told by her, does not seem to reflect the same. She describes it as a gilded cage where there is no freedom, no right to vote, and no control of her own life, and the sole purpose of a woman is to bear children.
Sultana, a member of the royal family, decides to speak up to the world about the things women go through in their daily lives in Saudi Arabia. Sultana is married to a prince, though arranged, is very happy till her husband decides to marry again and get home a second wife. She talks about the constant oppression against women that in any other society would've been considered as something that is totally against the basic human rights. These include issues such as forced marriages, polygamy, sex slavery, honor killings, summary executions and much more.
Princess is a symbol of dare and immense courage by a woman. Sultana risked not only her own life but also of her family members. This was because the story had to be told anonymously.
Jean Sasson is also the author of Daughter of Arabia, Desert Royal, and Mayada:Daughter of Iraq. This story was told by Sultana herself to Jean Sasson who was her very good friends.
The paperback edition of this book published by Bantam Dell, having the ISBN-10 number 0553816950 and ISBN-13 number 978-0553816952, can be purchased online.