Synopses & Reviews
Ahdaf Soueif, the bestselling author of The Map of Love, writes poignantly and beautifully about love, and about finding ones place in the world. Achingly lyrical, resonant and richly woven, and with a spark of defiance, these stories explore areas of tension-where women and men are ensnared by cultural and social mores and prescribed notions of “love,” where the place you are is not the place you want to be. Soueif draws her characters with infinite tenderness and compassion as they inhabit a world of lost opportunities, unfulfilled love, and remembrance of times past.
"Soueif (shortlisted for the Booker in 1999 for The Map of Love) serves up a mostly stale collection of previously published stories, all at least a decade old, about clashing cultures and disappointed love. The best are three stories that follow Aisha from her Cairo childhood to a rough period as a teenager in 1964 London, where, as the misfit daughter of Muslim intellectuals, she encounters boorish classmates who tease her about polygamy and camels. Back in Egypt years later, Aisha confronts sorrowful memories of her doomed marriage. Two related stories, also set in England, feature Asya, a Middle Eastern woman moving on after a failed marriage and a miscarriage. Soueif incorporates wonderfully atmospheric details, particularly in the stories set in Egypt, but the stories feel thin and are too frequently overly lyrical. Though competent, these stories comprise the early works of a writer who has come into her own in later works." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
A new collection of short fiction by the author of The Map of Love explores the often challenging worlds of men and women who are caught up in a web of social and cultural mores, prescribed ideas about love, lost opportunities, unfulfilled desire, and nostalgia, caught between the Arab world and the West. Original. 17,500 first printing.
In these selected stories, the bestselling author of "The Map of Love" writes poignantly about love, friendship, and finding one's place in the world.
About the Author
Ahdaf Soueif was born in Cairo. She is the author of the bestselling novel The Map of Love, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1999, as well as Mezzaterra: Notes from the Common Ground and the novel In the Eye of the Sun. She also has translated from the Arabic the award-winning memoir I Saw Ramallah by Mourid Barghouti. She lives in London.