Bird Summons by Leila Aboulela audiobook

Bird Summons

By Leila Aboulela
Read by Raghad Chaar

Blackstone Publishing 9780802149152
8.35 Hours Unabridged
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In her adventurous new novel, New York Times notable author Leila Aboulela delivers a lively portrait of three women who embark on a journey of self-discovery while grappling with the conflicting demands of family, duty, and faith. When Salma, Moni, and Iman―friends and active members of their local Muslim women’s group―decide to take a road trip together to the Scottish Highlands, they leave behind lives often dominated by obligation, frustrated desire, and dull predictability. Each wants something more out of life, but fears the cost of taking it. Salma is successful and happily married, but tempted to risk it all when she’s contacted by her first love back in Egypt; Moni gave up a career in banking to care for her disabled son without the help of her indifferent husband; and Iman, in her twenties and already on her third marriage, longs for the freedom and autonomy she’s never known. When the women are visited by the Hoopoe, a sacred bird from Muslim and Celtic literature, they are compelled to question their relationships to faith and femininity, love, loyalty, and sacrifice. Brilliantly imagined, thoughtful and wise, Bird Summons confirms Leila Aboulela’s reputation as one of our finest contemporary writers.

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Summary

Summary

In her adventurous new novel, New York Times notable author Leila Aboulela delivers a lively portrait of three women who embark on a journey of self-discovery while grappling with the conflicting demands of family, duty, and faith.

When Salma, Moni, and Iman―friends and active members of their local Muslim women’s group―decide to take a road trip together to the Scottish Highlands, they leave behind lives often dominated by obligation, frustrated desire, and dull predictability. Each wants something more out of life, but fears the cost of taking it. Salma is successful and happily married, but tempted to risk it all when she’s contacted by her first love back in Egypt; Moni gave up a career in banking to care for her disabled son without the help of her indifferent husband; and Iman, in her twenties and already on her third marriage, longs for the freedom and autonomy she’s never known. When the women are visited by the Hoopoe, a sacred bird from Muslim and Celtic literature, they are compelled to question their relationships to faith and femininity, love, loyalty, and sacrifice.

Brilliantly imagined, thoughtful and wise, Bird Summons confirms Leila Aboulela’s reputation as one of our finest contemporary writers.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Tender, but unsentimental…Rooted in everyday experience without forsaking the spiritual, told in effortlessly enjoyable style.” Daily Mail
“[Aboulela is] so good with women’s interiority, and Muslim women’s subjectivity…She gets beyond any cliché or type of the Muslim women.” BBC Radio
“Each well-developed plot line deepens characterization, while Aboulela’s interweaving of Muslim and Celtic fables via the sacred hoopoe bird, adds another dimension to the story and offers a sense of connection between the two traditions and the past and present.” Booklist (starred review)
“Impressive…Readers will root for Aboulela’s well-drawn cast as they reconcile their desires with their faiths and the obligations of their everyday lives. Aboulela’s novel is empathetic and insightful, offering a nuanced representation of the three characters through a blend of Islamic faith and Scottish folklore.” Publishers Weekly
“Aboulela’s exploration of the women’s problems of choice, faith, and commitment are as immersive as ever.” Kirkus Reviews
“A magic carpet ride into the forest of history and the lives of women. Playful, profound, and moving.” Lucy Ellman, author of Sweet Desserts
“A Scottish-Arabic Canterbury Tales, a quest full of stories and surprises: a challenging storyteller’s tour de force, uniting two radically different cultures with a handshake and a kiss.” Patricia Dunker, author of Hallucinating Foucault
“A wonderful book. I loved the beauty of its language, and the subtle interweaving of myth with the spiritual and physical journeys of the women. I found it fascinating, powerful and profound.” Anne Donovan, author of Buddha Da
“Engaging and funny and rich in narrative suspense.” Abdulrazak Gurnah, author of Paradise
“A heady blend of social realism, magic, Middle Eastern folktale, and Celtic myth. Leila Aboulela’s is a unique and refreshing voice in contemporary Scottish fiction.” James Robertson, author of The Testament of Gideon Mack

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Author Bio: Leila Aboulela

Author Bio: Leila Aboulela

Leila Aboulela is the first ever winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing. Her novels include The Kindness of Enemies, The Translator (long-listed for the Orange Prize), Minaret, Lyrics Alley, and Elsewhere, Home, which won the Saltire Society Fiction Book of the Year. Her work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. She grew up in Khartoum, Sudan, and now lives in Aberdeen, Scotland.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 8.35
Audience: Adult
Language: English