Author: Miral Al Tahawy
Blue Aubergine tells the story of a young Egyptian woman, born in 1967, growing up in the wake of Egypt’s defeat of that year, and maturing into womanhood against the social and political upheavals Egypt experienced during the final decades of the twentieth century. Physically and emotionally scarred by her parents and the events of her childhood, Nada, ‘Blue Aubergine,’ fumbles through a series of desperate and ultimately failed search for tenderness and affection.
Brooklyn Heights, the fourth novel by award-winning Egyptian author Miral El-Tahawy, revolves around the character of Hend, an Arabic teacher and would-be writer in her late thirties, who emigrates to the United States from Cairo with her eight year old son after the painful break-up of her marriage.
The Tent features a host of women characters whose lives are subject to the will of a single, often absent, patriarch and his brutal, foul-mouthed mother. Told through the eyes of a young girl, the lives of the Bedouin and peasant women unfold, revealing the tragedy of the sonless mother, the young girl’s relationship with her distant father, and a foreign woman who is well-meaning but ultimately motivated by self-interest.