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True Love, the Sphinx, and Other Unsolvable Riddles: A Comedy in Four Voices
Synopses & Reviews
American teenagers Sam and Salah lead fairly uncomplicated lives. They breeze through classes at their prestigious Manhattan high school, their friends and classmates all look up to them, and they've never had to put much effort into attracting girls. But when their class embarks on a field trip to Egypt, complications arise in the forms of Rosie and Octavia, two British beauties who won't be easily charmed. Amid luscious scenes of Egyptian culture and history, these four star-crossed lovers will have to endure mistakes, missteps, and plenty of misunderstandings before they can achieve their hearts' desires.
Told in four alternating points of view, Tyne O'Connell's latest novel is both a fast-paced comedy-of-errors, and a heartfelt romance that proves that sometimes, the greatest complication of all is love.
"Octavia and Rosie, best friends from an elite London school, meet up with their New York City counterparts, Sam and Salah, when their classes take a trip together down the Nile. Among the tombs and temples, romances blossom, but as if they were in 'some sort of Shakespearean farce,' confusion quickly follows. Rosie, a gifted composer, and Egyptian-born Salah, one of the most eligible teenagers in Manhattan,' feel a definite connection, but beautiful boy-magnet Octavia swiftly claims him as her own. Readers will know that all will sort itself out by the end, or that the various misadventures will help the characters grow in important ways (outrageous Octavia will learn not to hide her family's poverty, for example, and Salah will decide to 'take fate into [his] own hands'). The author mixes in some ancient Egyptian history with images of contemporary life on the Nile; she also adds wacky characters, including a pair of nerdy teachers who keep getting in trouble with the police, at one point being charged for drug smuggling. The four protagonists take turns narrating, although not all of them fully engage readers' interest. Attention-seeking Octavia, for example, who calls teachers 'darling' and sneaks off the boat, comes across as more bratty than fun. Even so, there is enough romance — both personal and in the details about Egypt — to fuel this light diversion. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Told in four alternating points of view, this latest novel by the author of the Calypso Chronicles is both a fast-paced comedy-of-errors, and a heartfelt romance that proves that, sometimes, the greatest complication of all is love.
About the Author
TYNE O'CONNELL is the author of The Calypso Chronicles. She and her teenage daughter live in London.
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