Desiring Cairo by Louisa Young

Desiring Cairo

Louisa Young

This is a gripping and highly unusual thriller/mystery set in Egypt. You engage with Evangeline, the heroine, from the start and really want her to triumph. It's also about the experience of being female and independent, and this may give it a special appeal to women.

Extract

And we were there, and it all unfolded out over me, and I was so pleased to breathe that air and sense that city that I nearly hugged Sa'id, before remembering that actually, no, I shouldn't. Because now we were in another land. So other, and yet so familiar.

Parallels
  • Baby Love by Louisa Young
  • Sandpiper by Ahdaf Soueif

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