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Velvet : A Novel

Huzama Habayeb, Kay (University of Chicago) Heikkinen, Kay (University of Chicago) Heikkinen
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press (Hoopoe)
Published: August 20, 2019
ISBN: 9789774169304
272 pages
Country of publication: Egypt


Winner of The Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature
Winner of the 2020 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation

A novel of enormous power and great beauty, in which a Palestinian woman raised in a refugee camp learns to sew which helps her to construct a life

Hawwa is a child of the grinding hardship of a Palestinian refugee camp. She has had to survive the camp itself, as well as the humiliation and destruction of an abusive family. But now, in her middle years something most unexpected has happened: she has fallen in love.

Velvet unfolds over a day in Hawwa’s life, as she makes plans for a new beginning. She sifts through her memories: stories of her family, her childhood, and her beloved mentor, Sitt Qamar, who among other gifts, taught her to sew, and most importantly, taught her to value herself. Velvet is the story of one woman’s resilience, her unyielding sensuality, and the enduring bonds that make living bearable.

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