The Girl with Braided Hair was longlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (the “Arabic Booker”) under the title, Passion Based on actual historical events – Napoleon’s 1798 campaign in Egypt and his relationship with a young, local girl, Zeinab Bakry Accessible writing, plot-driven narrative that is both set in the past and modern day Strong female characters exploring what is means to be a woman and to live passionately in both historical and present-day Cairo Books on the art world have great appeal such as Siri Hustvedt’s The Blazing World , B.A. Shapiro’s The Muralist , and, of course, similar to The Girl with the Pearl Earring , this follows the life of the girl behind a painting Yasmin, Zainab, and other characters in their orbit, are on journeys in search of a sense of personal freedom, personal and artistic passion and inspiration; and their stories and motivations cross cultural, gender, and historical boundaries Bookstore galleys