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.
“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.”
“...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