Minaret

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Minaret is a provocative, timely, and engaging novel about a young Muslim woman—once privileged and secular in her native land and now impoverished in London—gradually embracing her traditional faith. With her Muslim hijab and down-turned gaze, Najwa is invisible to most eyes, especially to the rich families whose houses she cleans in London. Twenty years ago, Najwa, then at university in Khartoum, would never have imagined that one day she would be a maid. An upper-class Westernized Sudanese, her dreams were to marry well and raise a family. But a coup forces the young woman and her family into political exile in London. Soon orphaned, and with her twin brother sent to jail on a drug charge, she finds solace and companionship within the Muslim community. Then Najwa meets Tamer, the intense, lonely younger brother of her employer. They find a common bond in faith and slowly, silently, begin to fall in love. Written with directness and force, Minaret is a lyric and insightful novel about Islam and an alluring glimpse into a culture Westerners are only just beginning to understand.

News….

March 3rd- 5th The Emirates Airlines Festival of Literature, Dubai

February 23rd, ”Through the Eyes of Others: Developing Empathy by Reading Fiction”, American University Cairo

February 21, “Fiction As Translation” A talk for the Center for Translation Studies, American University Cairo.

October 6th Ilkley Literature Festival In Conversation with Dr. Emily Zobel Marshall from Leeds Beckett University

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*****Ron Charles reviews The Kindness of Enemies in the The Washington Post.
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