In Their Father’s Country

by Anne-Marie Drosso

Anne-Marie Drosso’s novelistic mentors, of whom she is worthy, are suggested by allusions to Stendhal, Chekhov, Proust and Galsworthy, while her brilliant use of indirection provides some of the excitement of a good detective story. Her picture of Cairo, moreover, as seen throughout several decades from a particular social altitude, is moving, accurate and just.