By Leila Aboulela
In 1950's Sudan, the strong Abuzeid dynasty has accrued a fortune via their buying and selling company. With Mahmoud Bey at its helm, they could do no improper. but if Mahmoud's son, Nur, the bright, good-looking inheritor to the enterprise empire, suffers a debilitating coincidence, the kin stands divided within the face of an doubtful destiny. As British rule nears its finish, the rustic is torn among modernizing affects and the decision of traditions past—a clash mirrored within the turning out to be tensions among Mahmoud's better halves: the more youthful, Nabilah, longs to come to Egypt and break out "backward-looking" Sudan; whereas Waheeba lives generally in the back of veils and closed doorways. it isn't until eventually Nur asserts himself outdoor the cultural limits of his mom and dad that his personal spirit and the frayed bonds of his kinfolk start to mend.
Moving from Sudanese alleys to cosmopolitan Cairo and a decimated postcolonial Britain, this sweeping story of hope, loss, melancholy, and reconciliation is among the so much comprehensive graphics ever written approximately Sudanese society on the time of independence.