The Oud Player of Cairo: A Novel

The Oud Player of Cairo: A Novel

by Jasmin Attia
The Oud Player of Cairo: A Novel

The Oud Player of Cairo: A Novel

by Jasmin Attia


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Vibrantly descriptive and evocative of the waning colonial world in Egypt during the mid-20th century, this debut historical novel by Jasmin Attia is the compelling story of a young Egyptian woman, Laila, who defies the restrictive traditional roles set for women of that time, and instead follows the path inspired by her musician father, a much-beloved oud player, to become a singer and performer In her own right.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781639640201
Publisher: Schaffner Press Inc
Publication date: 07/11/2023
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 240,785
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

After earning a bachelor’s degree in Finance and an MBA, Jasmin Attia spent over fifteen years working for fortune 500 companies in the worlds of finance and technology. Despite her interest in her day job, story writing became her night job. In 2021 she graduated with her MFA in creative writing from Bennington College. Her debut novel, The Oud Player of Cairo, has won the Nicholas Schaffner Award for music in literature. Her nonfiction work has also appeared in The Writer’s Chronicle (Sept 2022 issue). Jasmin lives with her husband and two children in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

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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

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