The View from Garden City

The View from Garden City

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In this title, author Carolyn Baugh tells the moving story of a young American student living in the Garden City district of Cairo. Having come to study Arabic, she learns far more from the Egyptian women, young and old, she meets within the swirl and tumult of Garden City. Living, loving, and flourishing amid the fierce inflexibility of tradition, these women reveal a fascinating world of arranged marriages, secret romances, and the often turbulent bonds between four generations of Arab mothers and daughters. 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; Yusriyya, who left her native village for a new life in the city; and, Samira, who loved a man who was not hers.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 23.37mm | 294.84g
  • FORGE
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0765321831
  • 9780765321831

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"Baugh magically peels away the layers of their complicated world as each crosses into forbidden territory, creating a masterpiece of intensely felt details that will seem at once strange, but familiar."--Jean Sasson, author of "Princess""A striking testament to the amazing spirit of the unseen and unheard Arab woman living in Cairo."--Diana Abu-Jaber, author of "Crescent""Baugh weaves a rich tapestry of women's lives through their stories. This timely, important, readable book should be in most libraries."--"Library Journal"
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About Carolyn Baugh

CAROLYN BAUGH studied Arabic and Arab literature at Duke University. She has a a Master's Degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Baugh is currently engaged in writing her doctoral dissertation on gender issues in early Islamic law.
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272 ratings
3.83 out of 5 stars
5 24% (66)
4 46% (124)
3 22% (59)
2 6% (17)
1 2% (6)
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