Chicago (P.S.) (Paperback)

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I was gripped from the first paragraph by this compelling, intricate portrait of a group of Egyptians living in Chicago. The author gives insight into the varied and personal range of Muslim belief and practice, and reflects on the far-reaching effects of corrupt governments. Political and personal, this book often feels more like a series of intertwined short stories than a novel.

— From Emily A.


From Alaa Al Aswany, the author of the highly-acclaimed The Yacoubian Building, comes a story of love, sex, friendship, hatred, and ambition set in the midwestern city with a cast of American and Arab characters achingly human in their desires and needs. Chicago offers an illuminating portrait of America--a complex, often contradictory land in which triumph and failure, opportunity and oppression, licentiousness and tender love, small dramas and big dreams, coexist.

Praise For…

“Egyptian author Al Aswany weaves a vivid tapestry of clashing cultures in post 9/11 Chicago. . . . The characters are beautifully realized [and] each of the story lines is individually compelling.”
-Publishers Weekly

“...Al Aswany’s knack for making the personal political.”
-New York magazine

“While the book explores political points, it’s ultimately a pluralist drama, complete with cliffhangers.”
-Washington Post Express

“Aswany sensitively probes the nature of courage and patriotism. . . . [T]he story moves in surprising directions, and the ambiguity of life is well reflected in an unabashedly untidy conclusion.
-The New Yorker

“Al Aswany writes about his Egyptian characters with charm, gentle humor, and genuine conviction.”
-New York Times Book Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061452581
ISBN-10: 0061452580
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: September 29th, 2009
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: P.S.