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  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press (13 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780802145758
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802145758
  • ASIN: 0802145752
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.5 x 20.8 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,332,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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--Winner of the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book Award for Fiction
--Short-listed for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (South Asia and Europe)
--Long listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction
"Aboulela's vivid . . . fleet and engrossing narrative . . . [is full of] a generosity of spirit that extends to all her characters."--"The New York Times Book Review "
"A novel as thoughtful as it is evocative . . . Aboulela writes with precision and depth of feeling."--"The Boston Globe"
"Beautifully rendered . . . The prose is smooth and clear. . . . As a tale of stricken love between two souls, Lyrics Alley is impressive."--"The Guardian"
"Leila Aboulela's "Lyrics Alley" gives us the rich and complex world of a Sudanese patriarch in the 1950s who presides over a household containing two wives, various nieces, two sons--a new world full of modern ambitions and ancient problems. I read it with the delight one has suddenly stumbling on lush and abundant hidden gardens behind foreign city walls, various with its own life and laws, and infinitely satisfying."--Sarah Blake, author of" The Postmistress "
"[Aboulela's] breakthrough novel . . . Real, compelling, and ultimately moving . . . Highly recommended for readers who enjoy family sagas set against a political backdrop, such as Chinua Achebe's "Things Fall Apart "and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's "Half a Yellow Sun.""--"Library Journal" (starred review)
"Rich in detail and generous in spirit toward its complex characters, ["Lyrics Alley"] showcases Aboulela's talent for connecting political and personal upheaval. [An] elegantly written family epic that brings to mind Naguib Mahfouz's "The Cairo Trilogy.""--"Kirkus Reviews"
"Haunting . . . Keeps the reader gripped . . . A tale of powerful feelings and potent words . . . this visceral, epic novel . . . gives fascinating insights into Sudanese society, with different characters embodying the dramatic clash between traditiona

About the Author

Leila Aboulela won the first Caine Prize for African Writing. She is the author of three books: "The Translator," a "New York Times "100 Notable Book of the Year; "Minaret"; and a book of short stories, "Coloured Lights." Visit her website at

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