Welcome! Bienvenue! Benvenuti! Ahlan wa Sahlan! Kalós Irthate!
English, French, Italian, Arabic, Greek; my father was fluent in all these languages. I never thought much about it–I was too busy coping with my family’s turbulent life ever since we were expelled from Egypt, trying to find a new place we could call “home.” Finally one day, I took the time to look back into my Egyptian Jewish roots, and what I discovered was so fascinating that I felt compelled to write this novel, City of the Sun.
EGYPT, 1941 — THE NAZIS ARE KNOCKING ON THE DOOR
LOVE, ESPIONAGE, AND POWER PLAY UPON THE SHIFTING SANDS OF WARTIME CAIRO.
PRAISE FOR CITY OF THE SUN
“An ambitious work set against the backdrop of real events, Juliana Maio’s City of the Sun provides a fascinating insight into the events that helped shape the forces at play in Egypt and the Middle East today. This book couldn’t be more timely.”
–Reza Aslan, Author of No god but God and Zealot
“This book fuses three of my greatest passions: drama, history and the Jewish/Arab conflict. I was tremendously excited to discover City of the Sun – an engrossing, first class historical drama. It’s a goldmine!”
–Richard Dreyfuss, Academy Award winning actor and founder of the Imagining the Future Fund
“Juliana Maio’s City of the Sun is a stunning work of historical fiction, capturing the romance, intrigue and danger of Cairo in 1941. Against the backdrop of an increasingly threatened Jewish community in Egypt and the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood—yes, the same one that keeps coming back to haunt that country—Maio magically transforms an almost genteel love story into a heart-stopping thriller.”
–Andrew Nagorski, former Newsweek foreign correspondent and senior editor, and author of Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power