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The View from Garden City
The View from Garden City
Author: Carolyn Baugh
Meet the women of Garden City: — Huda, who waited desperately for the man she loved until she could wait no longer — Karima, who found her husband in a collapsing post-war world — Afkar, who paid a dreadful price for her freedom — Selwa, who suffered through the deaths of her children — Yusri...  more », who left her native village for a new life in the city

Samira, who loved a man who was not hers

Rich with the sights and sounds of modern Egypt, The View from Garden City lifts the veil of privacy to explore the stunning inner strength of women torn between their dreams for the future and the sacrifices women must make in a world of harsh realities.
ISBN-13: 9780765316578
ISBN-10: 0765316579
Publication Date: 8/5/2008
Pages: 336
Edition: 1st
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

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Publisher: Forge Books
Book Type: Hardcover
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My book club just read this book and we were lucky enough to have a chat with the author. Most of the women in the book live in the same apartment building in Cairo and are related. According to the author, the six middle-class women in the six main chapters are acually composites based upon various women the author met while studying Arabic in Cairo. Even the last chapter about a woman's long adulterous love affair was based upon a story told by someone she met.

When we asked what writing classes she had taken, the author said "none" and it shows in that the writing can be a bit "stretched" at times. I want to say flowery, but that's not the right word. In spite of this, the book is very readable, and the women's stories are facinating and more than just a glimpse into the world of Muslim women in Egypt.
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