A novel of displacement and discovery from one of Egypt's most exciting new voices.
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.
Hend and her son arrive in Brooklyn during the presidential elections of 2008. She dreams of change, self-fulfillment and the possibility of love. She becomes involved in the lives of other immigrant women in her community and through their shared experiences begins an odyssey of self-discovery shaped by her memories of childhood and of her coming of age during a dramatically changing political era in Egypt.
Critically acclaimed Egyptian author, Miral al-Tahawy was born in Sharqiya in the Egyptian Delta into a Bedouin family of the al-Hanadi tribe. The youngest of seven children, she is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, and Director of the Arabic program at Appalachian State University in North Carolina. Her previous works The Tent (1998), Blue Aubergine (2002), Gazelle Tracks (2009) have collectively been translated into many languages. Brooklyn Heights is her first novel to be published in English.