Normal Calm - Hend Hegazi

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Title: Normal Calm

Author: Hend Hegazi

Publisher: FB Publishing, San Clemente

Binding: Softcover, 323 pages.

Description from Publisher:


Amina is an Arab American woman attending one of the best universities in the US. During the spring of her junior year, Amina is raped by one of her friends, making her essentially unmarriageable in the eyes of her parents and, possibly, the entire Arab community. When her mother experiences a nervous breakdown, Amina fears that she is to blame for her mother’s condition. Eventually she falls in love with Sherif, but his reaction to her rape proves him to be unworthy. Deciding to forgo love, Amina focuses on her career. When her best friend introduces her to Mazin, however, she sees in him only good qualities. He is successful, kind, generous…but she feels no love for him. When Mazin asks for her hand in marriage, Amina struggles with the idea of settling for a man she does not love. Knowing that he, too, may abandon her when he learns of her rape is another burden she continues to bear.

More about Normal Calm:

“This first novel by Hend Hegazi shows the author’s potential to produce powerful and compelling stories. Normal Calm is an eye-opening novel about the many things that Muslim women fight for in their daily lives to achieve their dreams, just like any other woman around them.” Muslimah Media Watch

“{Normal Calm} was… an interesting read, which shed light on cultural understandings of issues which are pertinent to all people. In my opinion it has opened up the dialogue on issues that are often swept under the carpet in Muslim societies… I would therefore describe it as a book with vision and purpose.” Muslim Women Exposed

Muslimah In Reverie book review, 12/2014

Gum Knocks Out Facebook in Round One, Young Muslimah Magazine, 6/15/2014

About The Author:

Hend Hegazi is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in magazines such as Azizah and SISTERS. She was born and raised in Attleboro, Massachusetts and graduated from Smith College with a degree in biology. She currently resides in Alexandria, Egypt with her husband and four children. Find Hend on Facebook, and you can also catch Hend blogging at          


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