In Minaret, Leila Aboulela tells a beautiful story about a woman from a wealthy family in Sudan who must start her life over when a political coup forces her into exile in London. She eventually takes on work as a maid and nanny, and also returns to the religion that she previously paid only lip-service to and becomes a devout Muslim.
The story is well-told and well-constructed, and I enjoyed reading it. Aboulela’s portrayal of how and why Najwa became religious was convincing and almost understandable even to someone like me who is not religious. The ending was fitting and provided closure to the various threads in the storyline.
Overall I recommend Minaret and I will likely read more by Aboulela.