This is a novel based in Egypt in the early 1940's amidst the turmoil of the 2nd World War. All of Europe is teaming with one disaster after another and as the war expands, Egypt is inundated with people trying to escape persecution and death by the Nazis.
This story focuses on Layla, a young girl and what happens to her and her friend as they struggle to survive in a war-torn country. The Author, Mona Faud, did not hide anything when it came to relating what women had to endure in order to survive in a land where men were all powerful and controlling.
This story provides readers an opportunity to delve into the culture and history of Egypt and King Farouk, their very powerful and corrupt leader. I found the story to be well-researched and well-written and I hope readers will take the opportunity to read "Cairo Unzipped" also.
The author Mona Fuad and the central character Layla have been lifelong friends, but now in the U.S.
Martha Stevens-David, MCMS Reviewer
Martha Stevens-David Column Magic City
Mona Fuad was born in Alexandria, Egypt and, at age 16, won a national beauty contest and would go on to become a future Miss Egypt. Her career then turned to film as Mona appeared in both Egyptian and American films, including The Ten Commandments and The Spy. After moving to the U.S. with her husband, Mona, who speaks six languages, founded the first acrylic nail salon in Dallas and helped define the landscape of the now over $35 billion nail industry.