The Hidden Light of Objects by Mai Al-Nakib
Winner of the 2014 First Book Award from Edinburgh International Book Festival.
For fans of Alice Munro and Lorrie Moore.
A young girl, renamed Amerika in honor of the United States' role in the liberation of Kuwait, finds her name has become a barometer of her country's growing hostility toward the West. A middle-aged man dying from cancer looks back on his extramarital affairs and the abiding forgiveness of his wife.
The headlines tell of war, unrest, and religious clashes. But if you look beyond, you will see life in the Middle East as it is really lived--adolescent love, the fragility of marriage, pain of the most quotidian kind. Mai Al-Nakib's luminous stories unveil the lives of ordinary people--and the power of objects to hold extraordinary memories.