The novel takes place mostly early in milia's marriage to a gregarious but overmatched man named Mansour.
milium mil·i·um (mĭl'ē-əm)
n. pl. mil·i·a (-ē-ə)
A small, white or yellowish cystlike mass just below the surface of the skin, caused by retention of the secretion of a sebaceous gland. Also called pearly tubercle, whitehead.