Read More Women: Chronicle of a Last Summer

Join us for the next month of our new book group, READ MORE WOMEN. We meet at the bookstore on the last Tuesday of the month from 7-8pm to discuss books written by women from different countries around the world. September's book is Chronicle of a Last Summer by Yasmine El Rashidi.

***Note: We're holding this book group meeting on Wednesday, September 25th instead of our usual last Tuesday of the month!***


A young Egyptian woman recounts her personal and political coming of age in this brilliant debut novel.

Cairo, 1984. A blisteringly hot summer. A young girl in a sprawling family house. Her days pass quietly: listening to a mother's phone conversations, looking at the Nile from a bedroom window, watching the three state-sanctioned TV stations with the volume off, daydreaming about other lives. Underlying this claustrophobic routine is mystery and loss. Relatives mutter darkly about the newly-appointed President Mubarak. Everyone talks with melancholy about the past. People disappear overnight. Her own father has left, too--why, or to where, no one will say.

We meet her across three decades, from youth to adulthood: As a six-year old absorbing the world around her, filled with questions she can't ask; as a college student and aspiring filmmaker pre-occupied with love, language, and the repression that surrounds her; and then later, in the turbulent aftermath of Mubarak's overthrow, as a writer exploring her own past. Reunited with her father, she wonders about the silences that have marked and shaped her life.

At once a mapping of a city in transformation and a story about the shifting realities and fates of a single Egyptian family, Yasmine El Rashidi's Chronicle of a Last Summer traces the fine line between survival and complicity, exploring the conscience of a generation raised in silence.


Yasmine El Rashidi is an Egyptian writer. She is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, and an editor of the Middle East arts and culture quarterly Bidoun. She lives in Cairo, where she is currently translating the works of Egyptian novelist Khairallah Ali.

 

Event date: 

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Water Street Bookstore
125 Water Street
EXETER, NH 03833-2456
Chronicle of a Last Summer: A Novel of Egypt Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780770437312
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tim Duggan Books - June 13th, 2017