Miramar by Naguib Mahfouz
Peasant girl Zohra flees to Alexandria to escape an arranged marriage. There she is hired as a servant at the pension Miramar, where she meets its five male inhabitants. Yet soon the world of the pension is turned upside down. Miramar is a tale of the interlocking lives of people whose existence is reflected in the once-resplendent, now run-down building they inhabit.