PRAISE FOR CITY OF THE SUN (continued)
“Juliana Maio’s “City of the Sun” is a vivid novel of Cairo in the early days of the war in North Africa and where café society was all but invented. This is a romantic adventure, rich with spies, Nazis, ever-changing power and international refugees. The reckless events of the story are a distant mirror for the desperate troubles of the Middle East of today. A sexy and dangerous book.”
–David Freeman, author of One of Us, the adventures of an Englishman in pre-war Egypt
“Juliana Maio artfully brings to life a very rich and crucial period in Egyptian history. Her scenes evoke intense emotions about the fragility of love and the cruelty of war, as well as the tragedies of religious persecution. Meticulously researched, this is a beautiful novel full of life that will stay with you long after you’ve read it. In her first foray into writing Maio proves that she has what it takes to be a great novelist.”
—Alaa al Aswany, author of the international bestseller The Yacoubian Building
“City of the Sun” is a marvelous romantic spy thriller set in one of the most cosmopolitan yet exotic cities of its time — Cairo, Egypt, known as the “Paris on the Nile,” a place on the Mediterranean where numerous nationalities and languages mingled and a glittering European-style social life developed, especially among the city’s once substantial Jewish community. In many ways it is a memorial to a world gone by. Set in the fateful year of 1941, when the fate of North Africa and indeed all of World War II hung in the balance, the novel is impeccably researched in both military matters and the details of day-to-day life, allowing us to meet as if in person characters who heretofore have appeared only in history books. A fantastic read from beginning to end — you won’t be able to put it down!
–Prof. Marianne Sanua Dalin Dept. of History Florida Atlantic University