After extricating herself from an abusive marriage, Laila struggles to maintain her independence as a singer in Cairo's chic international nightclubs, and embarks on an affair that puts her in grave danger, forcing her to make a decision that will forever alter the course of her life.
|Publisher:||Schaffner Press Inc|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)|
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"This rich and passionate novel affords a total immersion in the life of a great city in a time of historic transition—its foods, its fashions, its traditions, its class divisions—and in the heart and mind of its gifted and determined heroine. The Oud Player of Cairo is an ambitious and assured debut. — David Gates, author of Jernigan
“Lush, sensuous, unabashedly romantic, and richly drawn, Jasmin Attia’s The Oud Player of Cairo evokes with passion and precision a bygone world, a culture’s struggle, and one extraordinary woman’s erotic and political awakenings.”— Joy Castro, author of One Brilliant Flame
"A novel that’s both emotionally rich and scrupulously researched, The Oud Player of Cairo evokes a vanished time and place: The last years of colonial Egypt, a city and a nation on the precipice of colossal change. This book is about music and love and family bonds, about a complex society that battles over wealth and power and privilege, about an individual woman’s struggle to chart her own path through the world. It’s brilliantly rendered. Twenty-two years pass over the course of its pages, but those decades feel like the blink of an eye."—Pauls Toutonghi, author of Evel Knievel Days and Dog Gone