Cairo, 2011. President Mubarak has just been ousted from power. The oldest city in the world is reeling from political revolution. But for the people actually living there, daily life has become wilder, more dangerous, and, occasionally, freeing.
Live from Cairo is the "Eye-opening... Rich and charged" (Seattle Times) story of these people: Dalia, a strong-willed Iraqi refugee who finds herself trapped in Egypt after her petition to resettle in America with her husband is denied. Charlie, her foolhardy attorney, whose complicated feelings for Dalia have led him to forge a not-entirely-legal plan to get her out. Aos, Charlie's translator and only friend, who spends his days trying to help people through the system and his nights in Tahrir Square protesting against it. And Hana, a young and disenchanted Iraqi-American resettlement officer, deciding whether to treat Dalia's plight as one more piece of paperwork, or as a full-blooded human crisis. As these individuals come together, a plot is formed to help Dalia. But soon laws are broken, friendships and marriages are tested, and lives are risked.
A vibrant portrait of a city in all its teeming chaos and glory, Live from Cairo is an exhilarating, electrifying debut, and a stunning testament to the unconquerable desire of people to rise above tragedy to seek love, friendship, humor, and joy. "This brilliantly conceived and artfully detailed novel...is both a comedy and tragedy of errors...Ian Bassingthwaighte's virtuoso debut deserves the widest attention" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).
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Ian Bassingthwaighte (Author)
Ian Bassingthwaigthe was a Fulbright Fellow in Egypt in 2009, where he worked in a legal aid office that served primarily Iraqi and Sudanese refugees. He has been honored with Hopwood Awards for both novel writing and short fiction. He was also na...