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Bird Summons

Leila Aboulela

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

An enchanting, tender portrait of three women searching for freedom, from the three-times Orange Prize longlisted, Scottish Book Award and Caine Prize winner Leila Aboulela.

'BIRD SUMMONS is a magic carpet ride into the forest of history and the lives of women. Deep and wild' Lucy Ellmann, author of SWEET DESSERTS and MIMI

Salma, happily married, tries every day to fit into life in Britain. When her first love contacts her, she is tempted to risk it all and return to Egypt.

Moni gave up a career in banking to care for her disabled son, but now her husband wants to move to Saudi Arabia - where she fears her son's condition will worsen.

Iman feels burdened by her beauty. In her twenties and already in her third marriage, she is treated like a pet and longs for freedom.

On a road trip to the Scottish Highlands, the women are visited by the Hoopoe, a sacred bird whose fables from Muslim and Celtic literature compel them to question the balance between faith and femininity, love, loyalty and sacrifice.

Brilliantly imagined, intense and haunting, BIRD SUMMONS confirms Leila Aboulela's reputation as one of our finest contemporary writers.

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Praise for Bird Summons

  • A tale of powerful feelings and potent words . . . this novel movingly and meticulously traces the hidden pathways of the mind and heart - TELEGRAPH on LYRCIS ALLEY

  • A superb family epic . . . vivid, beautifully original - THE HERALD on LYRICS ALLEY

  • Aboulela has the gift of making her readers care about her characters . . . [She] has created a story for all the senses, one to be savoured - FINANCIAL TIMES on LYRICS ALLEY

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Leila Aboulela

Leila Aboulela was born in Cairo and grew up in Khartoum. She is the author of four novels: THE TRANSLATOR, MINARET and LYRICS ALLEY, all of which were longlisted for the Orange Prize, and THE KINDNESS OF ENEMIES. LYRICS ALLEY won Novel of the Year at the Scottish Book Awards and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, while Aboulela's collection of short fiction, COLOURED LIGHTS, won the Caine Prize. She lives in Aberdeen.

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