Shahrazad’s Gift is a collection of linked short stories set in contemporary Cairo—magical, absurd and humorous. The author focuses on the off-beat, little-known stories, far from CNN news: a Swedish belly dancer who taps into the Oriental fantasies of her clientele; a Japanese woman studying Arabic, driven mad by the noise and chaos of the city; a frustrated Egyptian housewife who becomes obsessed by the activities of her Western gay neighbor; an American journalist who covered the civil war in Beirut who finds friendship with her Egyptian dentist. We also meet the two protagonists of McCullough’s Confessions of a Knight Errant, before their escapades in that story. These stories are told in the tradition of A Thousand and One Nights.
Shahrazad’s Gift is a collection of linked short stories, set in an apartment building in contemporary Cairo, with a melange of flamboyant, unlikely characters, Egyptian and expatriate, who seem to have stepped out of A Thousand and One Nights.
“Gretchen McCullough’s latest book captures the magic and absurdity of the city and its people with a humour few local writers have managed to achieve” —Egypt Today
Release Date: February 6, 2024
Melody Sullivan, an angry 16-year-old haunted by her mother’s death and a sexual assault, defies her father and embarks on a search for friends in a most difficult place where she is forced to face her pain and the power of love and forgiveness.
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Congo Prophet is an incredible story that’s been waiting patiently to be told, and Hunter’s done everything right to become the writer to tell it. His personal experience in the Congo, as well as his clear understanding of its troubled history, have made him the right author at the right time. Congo Prophet is an exciting, inspiring, provocative novel – his best work yet.
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