If an Egyptian Cannot Speak English  


If an Egyptian Cannot Speak English
April 5, 2022 | 192 pages
ISBN: 9781644450819

Winner of the Graywolf Press African Fiction Prize, a lush experimental novel about love as a weapon of empire.In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, an Egyptian American woman and a man from the village of Shobrakheit meet at a cafe in Cairo. He was a photographer of the revolution, but now finds himself unemployed and addicted to cocaine, living in a rooftop shack. She is a nostalgic daughter of immigrants "returning" to a country she's never been to before, teaching English and living in a light-filled flat with balconies on all sides. They fall in love and he moves in.