- The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany
- My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk
- Children of the Revolution by Dinaw Mengestu
- Shanghai Baby by Wei Hui
A book about a myriad of lives in Egypt it in no way ever disappoints. An eye opener on the many different facets of Egyptian life, it's culture, it's religion and it's politics. It is full of sadness and also of simple joys which to me is a pretty good description of life. I don't know if it make sense to others when I say this but Al Aswany speaks the language of the people in this novel which draws you in and really makes you feel a part of the character's lives. It's depth is in its simplicity.