Title Profile & Character Information

Chicago

Annotation
From Alaa Al Aswany, the author of the highly-acclaimed The Yacoubian Building, comes a story of love, sex, friendship, hatred, and ambition set in the midwestern city with a cast of American and Arab characters achingly human in their desires and needs. Chicago offers an illuminating portrait of America—a complex, often contradictory land in which triumph and failure, opportunity and oppression, licentiousness and tender love, small dramas and big dreams, coexist.

Characters
NameThabit, Ra'fat
GenderMale
OccupationProfessor
TraitsEgyptian
American
Married
Father

NameShamay, Muhammad
GenderMale
OccupationProfessor
TraitsMarried
Egyptian
American

Nameal-Samad, Nagi
GenderMale
OccupationCollege student

NameMuhammadi, Shymaa
GenderFemale
OccupationCollege student

GenreFiction
Sociological
Multicultural
TopicsProfessors
Identity
Cultural differences
Fathers and daughters
Family relationships
College life
Reminiscenes
Memories
Past loves
College students
Love
Relationships
Cultural identity
SettingChicago, Illinois
Illinois