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By: Leila Aboulela
Published: 2005
Pages: 276
Total Copies: 17
Genre:  FictionCultural, Muslim & Refugees | Regional, Europe & Middle East

Description: Leila Aboulela’s novel about a young Muslim woman—once privileged and secular in her native land and now impoverished in London—gradually embracing her orthodox faith. With her Muslim hijab and down-turned gaze, Najwa is invisible to most eyes, especially to the rich families whose houses she cleans in London. Najwa would never have imagined that one day she would be a maid. An upper-class Westernized Sudanese, her dreams were to marry well and raise a family. But a coup forces her family into political exile in London. Soon orphaned, she finds solace and companionship within the Muslim community.

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