Sweetness in the Belly

Sweetness in the Belly

Format
Paperback
Price
$15.00
 
Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143038726
  • 368 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult

Overview

Like Brick Lane and The Kite Runner, Camilla Gibb’s widely praised new novel is a poignant and intensely atmospheric look beyond the stereotypes of Islam. After her hippie British parents are murdered, Lilly is raised at a Sufi shrine in Morocco. As a young woman she goes on pilgrimage to Harar, Ethiopia, where she teaches Qur’an to children and falls in love with an idealistic doctor. But even swathed in a traditional headscarf, Lilly can’t escape being marked as a foreigner. Forced to flee Ethiopia for England, she must once again confront the riddle of who she is and where she belongs.

Praise

Utterly convincing and authentic . . . a novel that will take you to a place so far from yourself that you may wonder, from time to time, whether you are ever coming back. (San Francisco Chronicle)

A story that pierces the heart . . . a lovely and humane book that . . . open[s] up to view distant or closed worlds. (The Miami Herald)

A wonderful feat of imagination and empathy. I had to suppress bitter feelings of literary envy, even as I couldn’t stop devouring it. (Louis de Bernieres, author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin)

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