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The Time Between Places: Stories that Weave In and Out of Egypt and Africa

The Time Between Places: Stories that Weave In and Out of Egypt and Africa

Pauline Kaldas

University of Arkansas Press

This collection of 20 stories delves into the lives of Egyptian characters, from those living in Egypt to those who have immigrated to the United States. We meet people who are tempted by the possibilities of America and others who are tempted by the desire to return home. Some are re-creating themselves in the new world, while others seem embedded in the loss of their homeland. Many of these characters, whether physically located in the United States or Egypt, have lives that embrace both cultures.

“A Game of Chance” follows the actions of a young man when he wins the immigration lottery and then must decide whether or not to change his life. “Cumin and Coriander” takes the reader inside a woman’s thoughts as she tries to come to terms with the path her life has taken while working as a cook for American expatriates in Egypt. These compelling stories pull the reader into the lives of many different characters and offer striking insights into the Arab American experience.

Kaldas was born in Egypt and immigrated to the United States in 1992. She is a professor of English at Hollins University.

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