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Rajia Hassib


Rajia Hassib

Rajia Hassib was born and raised in Egypt and moved to the United States when she was 23. Her first novel, IN THE LANGUAGE OF MIRACLES, was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and received an honorable mention from the Arab American Book Awards. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Marshall University, and she has written for The New York Times Book Review and The New Yorker online. She lives in West Virginia with her husband and two children.

Rajia Hassib

Books by Rajia Hassib

by Rajia Hassib - Fiction, Women's Fiction

Sisters Rose and Gameela Gubran could not have been more different. Rose, an Egyptologist, married an American journalist and immigrated to New York City. Gameela, a devout Muslim since her teenage years, stayed in Cairo. During the aftermath of Egypt's revolution, Gameela is killed in a suicide bombing. When Rose returns to Egypt, she sifts through the artifacts Gameela left behind, desperate to understand how her sister came to die. Soon, Rose realizes that Gameela has left many questions unanswered.  Why had she quit her job just a few months before her death and not told her family? Who was she romantically involved with? And how did the religious Gameela manage to keep so many secrets?

by Rajia Hassib - Fiction

Emigrating from Egypt, Samir and Nagla Al-Menshawy were determined to live the American dream. After years of hard work, Samir set up his own medical practice and the family moved to an upscale New Jersey suburb. But when a devastating turn of events leaves their eldest son and their neighbors’ daughter dead, all their years of success begin to unravel. The Al-Menshawys become pariahs in the neighborhood, and whether through religion, work or friendship, each family member struggles to move forward in his or her own way.