This is a good book. Once again a good story I read from Alaa Al Aswany. Author captivates the emotions of immigrants in a cultural shock and mentalities of cultural rich Egyptian community in America. It is evident how Aswany put this story together in a complex web of social connections and end up putting on the table for reader a living set of characters who may be universal in lot of Asian cultures and immigrant Asian communities in westernised countries. Ever lasting mental struggle of immigrants on the one hand with the ties of the country they came from and the country they aspire to live in is captivated in some of the the characters. Also I like the way the characters openly desplay their emotions in the book and behave in a natural way as in other stories in the novels of this writer….