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Lyrics Alley is the evocative story of an affluent Sudanese family shaken by the shifting powers in their country and the near-tragedy that threatens the legacy they've built for decades. In 1950's Sudan, the powerful Abuzeid dynasty has amassed a fortune through their trading firm. With Mahmoud Bey at its helm, they can do no wrong. But when Mahmoud's son, Nur, the brilliant, handsome heir to the business empire, suffers a debilitating accident, the family stands divided in the face of an uncertain future. As British rule nears its end, the country is torn between modernizing influences and the call of traditions past - a conflict reflected in the growing tensions between Mahmoud's two wives: the younger, Nabilah, longs to return to Egypt and escape "backward-looking" Sudan; while Waheeba lives traditionally behind veils and closed doors. It's not until Nur asserts himself outside the cultural limits of his parents that his own spirit and the frayed bonds of his family begin to mend. Moving from Sudanese alleys to cosmopolitan Cairo and a decimated postcolonial Britain, this sweeping tale of desire, loss, despair, and reconciliation is one of the most accomplished portraits ever written about Sudanese society at the time of independence.

 
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Hardback Editions

January 2011 : Hardback
Title: Lyrics Alley: A Novel
Author(s): Leila Aboulela
ISBN: 0802119514 / 9780802119513 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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December 2010 : Hardback
Title: Lyrics Alley
Author(s): Leila Aboulela
ISBN: 0297863142 / 9780297863144 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
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Paperback Editions

March 2012 : Paperback
Title: Lyrics Alley: A Novel
Author(s): Leila Aboulela
ISBN: 0802145752 / 9780802145758 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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February 2012 : Paperback
Title: Lyrics Alley
Author(s): Leila Aboulela
ISBN: 0753828111 / 9780753828113 (UK edition)
Publisher: Phoenix
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June 2011 : Paperback
Title: Lyrics Alley
Author(s): Leila Aboulela
ISBN: 1780220367 / 9781780220369 (UK edition)
Publisher: Phoenix
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December 2010 : Paperback
Title: Lyrics Alley
Author(s): Leila Aboulela
ISBN: 0297860097 / 9780297860099 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
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9999 : Paperback
Title: Lyrics Alley
Author(s): Leila Aboulela
ISBN: 1443405000 / 9781443405003
Publisher: Harper Collins Publisher
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Kindle Editions

March 2011 : Kindle edition
Title: Lyrics Alley: A Novel
Author(s): Leila Aboulela
ISBN: B004RPY4AG
Publisher: Grove Press
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December 2010 : Kindle edition
Title: Lyrics Alley
Author(s): Leila Aboulela
ISBN: B004FN1QOC / 9780297860099
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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