Published in 2010 by Grove Press, Lyrics Alley tells a story of love, alienated families and faith with a kind moderation.
Mahmoud, an astute businessman and his brother, Idris have established a successful trading empire in Umdurman, Sudan. With Mahmoud at the helm of the Abuzeid family, no one can do wrong, lest the family’s reputation is tarnished. Even though the story opens on a gloomy note (due to his sickness), it is evident that Mahmoud has it all or so it seems. He is married to two women who are as different as night and day- senior wife Waheeba is the Sudanese traditional one, “with the tribal scars on her cheeks………..that looked like cracks on a French loaf” whose whole life is restricted to her hoash while Nabilah, the Egyptian is the epitome of sophistication and modernity.