From Ohio to Egypt,
Far from friends and soccer camp,
To an old land and new understandings.
At least Carrie has time to get adjusted to life in Cairo before school starts, with the help of Adam who drives and explains customs and culture and religion and is distractingly cute.
Moving for a parent’s job (story of my life) can be challenging, rewarding, frustrating, amazing, and temporary – just like Carrie and Adam’s friendship?
Also by this author: Where the Stars Still Shine, which I featured in another A2Z year here.
What unexpected joy have you found in a new place?
My book talk: In Egypt for Mom’s new job, Carrie decides that exploring Cairo will ease her homesickness for Ohio, but cultural expectations collide when their driver’s teen son must take the wheel.
Adam must give up his restaurant job when his father falls ill, now driving Carrie around her new city in the summer before her senior year – so much for her to see and learn…with such a nice young man.
The charity eye clinic must hire a male doctor to assist Mom because most Egyptian men won’t allow her to treat them.
Carrie is Catholic, Adam is Muslim.
He’s Egyptian, she’s American.
She’s in Cairo for a year, he’ll probably never leave.
Tourism fuels both their hometowns, but foreigners aren’t welcome.
Their budding relationship? Haram, forbidden – but in a perfect world…