‘‘Aboulela is one of the best short story writers alive’’ Lithub

“In beautiful, subtle prose . . . Aboulela explores themes of love, faith and divided families with a tender restraint.” — Marie Claire

“Aboulela’s graceful writing style makes for a pleasurable read Independent on Sunday

“Aboulela is a great storyteller, and she writes with clarity and elegance. A pleasurable and engaging read for fans of both contemporary and historical fiction.” Kirkus Review

‘Read her books to get away from the cliché and sensationalism in mainstream fiction….What makes her stories genius is that she makes the quiet of everyday life the space of storytelling.’’ Brittle Paper

“Aboulela has a talent for expressing the simple wonders of unbroken faith. Just as deftly, she uncovers the intricacies of how such faith can be challenged — suddenly, subtly.’’   The New York Times

“Possesses all the pleasures we’ve come to expect from Aboulela: psychological acuity, rich characterization, intricate emotional plotting. And prose that is clear, lovely and resonant as a ringing bell.’’  The Washington Post