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Only in Londonby Hanan Al-Shaykh
Synopses & Reviews
From one of the most highly regarded contemporary Arab writers, a wonderfully comic and touching novel about four people seeking love and liberty in London’s burgeoning Arab community
On a flight from Dubai to London a sudden turbulence throws together four people from different corners of the Arab world: beautiful, lost Lamis, recently divorced from her wealthy Iraqi husband; Nicholas, a Sotheby’s expert on Islamic daggers; Amira, a bossy Moroccan prostitute; and Samir, who is worried about the monkey he has hidden in a basket under his seat. As they settle into London, their lives continue to intertwine: Samir moves in with Amira but spends his time dreaming of blond boys; Amira masquerades as an Arab princess to entice clients at the Dorchester Hotel; and Nicholas and Lamis begin a passionate affair.
Their stories are funny, tender, and sexy; rich with observations about exile and return, love and language, art and identity. Through them Hanan al-Shaykh captures a unique and vital London, a place where Arab and Western cultures both collide head-on and blend together in wonderfully engaging ways.
From the Hardcover edition.
Meeting during a flight from Dubai to London, four people from different corners of the Arab world--Lamis, recently divorced from her wealthy Iraqi husband; Nicholas, a Sotheby's expert on Islamic daggers; Amira, a Moroccan prostitute; and Samir, an animal smuggler--find their lives continuing to intertwine amid London's Arab community. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.
Four strangers meet on a turbulent flight from Dubai to London: Amira, a canny Moroccan prostitute; Lamis, a 30-year old Iraqi divorcee; Nicholas, an English expert on Islamic art; and Samir, a Lebanese man whois delivering a monkey on a mission he doesn't fully understand. Once safely on British soil, Lamis and Nicholas fall in love, Samir chases after blond British youths, and Amira reinvents herself as a princess, the better to lure clients at the best London hotels. Through the city and across cultural borders, Only in London wittily portrays the smells, sounds, and sights of London's lively Arabneighorhoods, as well as the freedoms the city both offers and withholds from its immigrants.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
Hanan al-Shaykh was born and raised in Lebanon. She is the author of three novels—Women of Sand and Myrrh, The Story of Zahra, and Beirut Blues—as well as a collection of short stories, I Sweep the Sun Off Rooftops. She currently lives in London with her husband and two children.
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