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Eela left behind desperate to understand how her sister came to die and who she truly was Soon Rose realizes that Gameela has left many uestions unanswered Why had she uit her job just a few months before her death and not told her family Who was she romantically involved with And how did the religious Gameela manage to keep so many secretsRich in depth and feeling A Pure Heart is a brilliant portrait of two Muslim women in the twenty first century and the decisions they make in work and love that determine thei. This beautifully written novel begins with Rose in Egypt sifting through her sister Gameela s belongings to try to understand how she was caught up in a deadly terrorist attack As the story unfolds we find out about Rose s marriage to an American journalist Mark as well as Gameela s personal journey to find her own way as a Muslim woman The political underpinnings of the story are illuminating and Rose s relationship with her sister reflect the times I loved this novel and highly recommend it Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC Tuupovaaran Tuijottajat portrait of two Muslim women in the twenty first century and the decisions they make in work and love that determine thei. This beautifully written novel begins with Rose in Egypt sifting through her sister Gameela s belongings to try to understand how she was caught up in a deadly terrorist attack As the story unfolds we find out about Rose s marriage to an American journalist Mark as well as Gameela s El Monstruo De La Oscuridad personal journey to find her own way as a Muslim woman The l-arbre-aux-sept-vies-les-sept-fils-de-phil-atilde-copy-mon political underpinnings of the story are illuminating and Rose s relationship with her sister reflect the times I loved this novel and highly recommend it Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC

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A powerful novel about two Egyptian sisters their divergent fates and the secrets of one familySisters Rose and Gameela Gubran could not have been different Rose an Egyptologist married an American journalist and immigrated to New York City where she works in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Gameela a devout Muslim since her teenage years stayed in Cairo During the aftermath of Egypt's revolution Gameela is killed in a suicide bombing When Rose returns to Egypt after the bombing she sifts through the artifacts Gam. A Pure Heart is a beautiful exploration of grief guilt and how misguided faith can lead to great tragedy Though we often want pure villains to blame Hassib s novel reminds us that humans are much complex than that Maybe there are no pure monsters Maybe there are parts in each one of us that could be monstrous under the right circumstances Hassib s clear eyed knowledge of Egyptian history and politics are impressive and skillfully handled I loved the sections set in Egypt and New York the rich landscapes people and milieu but as a West Virginia native I especially appreciated the WV characters and sections that present us as open minded and accepting than we re often given credit for This is a truth I also recognize

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R destinies As Rose is struggling to reconcile her identities as an Egyptian and as a new American she investigates Gameela's devotion to her religion and her country The Rose uncovers about her sister's life the she must reconcile their two fates their inextricable bond as sisters and who should and should not be held responsible for Gameela's death Rajia Hassib's A Pure Heart is a stirring and deeply textured novel that asks what it means to forgive and considers how faith family and love can unite and divide. 45 stars A good story involving two Egyptian sisters who lives diverged in ways that made them both frustrated with their relationship and with their situations I appreciated learning about Egyptian history and culture A satisfying read


10 thoughts on “A Pure Heart

  1. says:

    The Gubran family led a normal content life in Cairo Rose and Gigi were to Rose’s thinking the best friends that sisters are meant to be There would always be uarrels but nothing to break their bond Even as they age pursue further education broaden their horizons with new people and ways of life; they would surely stick togetherThinking back though maybe Rose hadn’t been so supportive Or remotely open minded As Gigi grew devout and ado

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    ★★✰✰✰ 2 ½ starsA Pure Heart’s portrayal of sisterhood is tepid at best The needlessly expository narration the clichéd character dynamics and the meandering storyline didn't really grab me at all This novel reminded me a lot of The Other Americans and many other titles that seemed aimed at an American audienceso we have these two sisters who don't get along one is usually very religious and perceived by the others as conser

  3. says:

    A Pure Heart is a beautiful exploration of grief guilt and how misguided faith can lead to great tragedy Though we often want pure villains to

  4. says:

    The cover is gorgeous The characters are complex This is a delicately told story of two sisters diverging and colliding with the turmoil of Tahrir Suare in the background I love the anchoring in the Arab Spring the exploration of politics playing out in a family as politics always does

  5. says:

    Two sisters Rose and Gameela who grew up in Cairo Egypt but end up on divergent paths as adults Rose studies Egyptology marries an American journalist and moves to NYC to work at a museum Gameela who was always traditional a

  6. says:

    This beautifully written novel begins with Rose in Egypt sifting through her sister Gameela’s belongings to try to understand how she was caught up in a deadly terrorist attack As the story unfolds we find out about Rose’s marriage to an American journalist Mark as well as Gameela’s personal journey to find

  7. says:

    Maybe I’m rating this too highly but oh man what a breath of fresh air after an iffy start to the reading monthHassib’s sopho novel is told in two timelines—though I admit that it took me until the end to realize that one was told in past tense and one in present tense My own writing tends to switch tenses with indiscrimination; apparently this is a blind spotParts one three and five are told in the aftermath of a suicide bombing in

  8. says:

    45I read this intense powerful and heartbreaking book mostly in one sittingA novel of two very different sisters set in contemporary EgyptAfter reading this and two other books A Door in the Earth and Godsend that also deal with bein

  9. says:

    45 stars A good story involving two Egyptian sisters who lives diverged in ways that made them both frustrated with their relationship and with their situations I appreciated learning about Egyptian history and culture A sa

  10. says:

    The story is interestingit starts with one sister trying to learn what happened to her sister The story parallels a uestion about the Arab Springie why was its goal elusive? The movement and momentum are located in the story itself The writing and particularly its tone and pacing are solid and measured respectively I like this book And I like this book better than the author's first book In the Language of Miracles I d

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