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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Paperback, 322 pages
Published April 2018 by Linda Leith Publishing
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This book didn't draw me in right away, but it eventually won me over, hard. It's an #OwnVoices story about Nadia, a queer Palestinian-Canadian woman who travels to Egypt in the late 1980s to track down her father whom she has not seen in years. She finds and gets to know him anew, but she also meets and falls in love with an Egyptian woman artist, Manal.

There's a wonderful journey of Nadia reconnecting with her Palestinian heritage, as she meets many other Palestinians (taxi drivers, bookselle
James Fisher
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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A sensitive, artistically wrought story on several levels, The Philistine had me eager to return to it time after time. It was one of those reads that turned out better than expected, although I certainly didn’t have low expectations for it. One never knows with a first novel. Will it be interesting and well-written enough that you want to read the author’s next book? Or do you hope (or even care if) the author never writes another word? I can definitely state that The Philistine and Ms. Marshy ...more
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
A young girl Nadia wishing to know her father better travels to Cairo to meet him. While in Cairo she falls in love with an Egyptian woman. A beautifully narrated story of love, identity, duty and cultural expectations with Cairo as an exotic back drop.
I would like to read the sequel to this story. Where will the lovers be in their 50’s and sixties?
A nice read. Not mind blowing, but it was nice entertainment. Identity is a central theme of this book, and I think the author did a fantastic job at exploring it, especially when it comes to family, nationality, and what it means to be partly from somewhere, raised elsewhere and navigating different cultures.
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful, complicated, richly-told story. Leila Marshy is a wonderful novelist. I hope this work is the first of many from this talented Montreal writer.
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Set in Montreal and Cairo, with the early days of the Intifada in the background, and at a time before social media and email permeated every moment. A delightful read. I look forward to more from this author.
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Leila Marshy is of Palestinian and Newfoundland heritage. She has been a filmmaker, app designer, editor, artisanal baker, farmer, and got pretty good at all of them. Until she moved on to the next thing and started all over again. Her short stories and poetry have been published in journals and anthologies in Canada and the United States.
She currently lives in Montreal.

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