Kathryn Jordan's compelling new novel, IN THE TIME OF APRICOTS, weaves seamlessly through three decades of love, loss and the search for redemption.
In 1978, the year of the Camp David Accords, Caroline Fields escapes an abusive marriage and takes a job at the American School of Cairo. She and her four-year-old son, James, live in the suburb of Maadi with its tree-lined avenues and Nile breezes.
Egypt is an exotic contrast to their California home, and they encounter an array of unforgettable characters: the giant boab, Abu Samir; her beloved maid, Tatta; the Bedouin horse trader, Salama Aba Azziza.
In the village of Nazlat Sammam, Caroline meets the handsome Hassan Al Kasani, and they fall in love. Hassan gives her an Egypt outsiders rarely see: racing horses across the Giza plateau, climbing the great Khufu under a full moon, reading Arabic and English books to learn each others' language, making love in a flat over-looking the pyramids.
Hassan loves her son as his own, but their six years together end abruptly when her ex-husband kidnaps James, and Caroline must face an impossible choice - one that will reveal a truth she can no longer avoid.