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Cairo in White

Posted by Melissa Eisenmeier on

Melissa lives in Baltimore with her two cats, Stan Lee and Spencer. She likes Harry Potter, historical fiction (especially if it's set in colonial/Revolutionary War-era America or WW2), and animals.

I’m reading Cairo in White by Kelly Ann Jacobson for the BookTube interview I’m doing with her next week. So far, it’s interesting. The story alternates between 1986, when 18-year-old Zahra is married off to her girlfriend’s brother and then moves to America, and 2010, when Zahra’s 22-year-old daughter, Aisha, travels to Cairo, Egypt to meet her grandparents for the first time.

It’s a fascinating look in a small piece of Egyptian culture and what it means to be lesbian in a more conservative culture than America, an immigrant, and a woman in Egypt. The culture shock they each feel is interesting. I was expecting Aisha to have a harder time in Egypt than she did, since it sounds like she had more freedom back home than you typically expect of modern Egyptian women.


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