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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Black Cat
Publication date September 9, 2005
Pages 276
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780802170149
ISBN-10 0802170145
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.75 lbs.
Original list price $14.00
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Summary
Raised in a wealthy family in the Sudan, Najwa never imagined that a journey that began at Khartoum university would wind its way to London, where, in her late thirties, she finds herself working as a maid and dreaming about all she has lost. Original. 25,000 first printing.
Amazon.com description: Product Description:
Leila Aboulela's American debut is a provocative, timely, and engaging novel about a young Muslim woman -- once privileged and secular in her native land and now impoverished in London -- gradually embracing her orthodox faith. With her Muslim hijab and down-turned gaze, Najwa is invisible to most eyes, especially to the rich families whose houses she cleans in London. Twenty years ago, Najwa, then at university in Khartoum, would never have imagined that one day she would be a maid. An upper-class Westernized Sudanese, her dreams were to marry well and raise a family. But a coup forces the young woman and her family into political exile in London. Soon orphaned, she finds solace and companionship within the Muslim community. Then Najwa meets Tamer, the intense, lonely younger brother of her employer. They find a common bond in faith and slowly, silently, begin to fall in love. Written with directness and force, Minaret is a lyric and insightful novel about Islam and an alluring glimpse into a culture Westerners are only just beginning to understand.


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9780802170149 | details & prices | 276 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $14.00
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