The Beautiful West and the Beloved of God

The Beautiful West and the Beloved of God

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In the spring of 2008 Elena, who recently moved to Montreal with her seven year old daughter, Sharon, finds a job in a retail store, where she meets Mahfouz working in his family's fast food outlet. Partially as an antidote to her chronic loneliness, partially influenced by Sharon's spontaneous affection for him, Elena commits to a deepening relationship. Together the three of them enjoy a wonderful spring. That summer, however, Mahfouz doesn't return from a visit to Cairo, and his father is picked up and held indefinitely for unknown charges on undisclosed evidence. Elena and Mahfouz, no longer in any contact with each other, must separately come to terms with their historical situation, and prepare for a future shaped by forces they struggle to understand.
Publisher: Toronto :, Guernica,, 2014.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781550718584
Characteristics: 265 pages ;,21 cm.


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Jan 24, 2015

This is an important and engaging work of contemporary fiction; a dramatic and intense novel that forces the reader to address some of the disturbing realities in the world today. In this novel, the lives of a small group of Canadians is dramatically altered by forces beyond their control.

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