Leila Aboulela’s ‘Missing Out’ in Granta (and Free Online)

Apparently today is the day of Arabs who write in English.

I saw this on Susannah Tarbush’s Twitter account (thanks, Susannah): Egyptian-Sudanese author Leila Aboulela has a story in the summer 2010 issue of Granta, titled “Missing Out.” Subscribing to Granta is a wonderful thing. But, happily, you can also read the story free online.

Aboulela is a much-celebrated (if not yet widely known) author: She won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2000 for her short story “The Museum”; her novel The Translator was nominated for the 2002 Orange Prize; The Translator also was a New York Times “notable book” in 2006.

Granta notes on Aboulela’s bio page that her new novel, Lyrics Alley, will be published in Januray 2011. So mark your calendars!

Also: Read an essay of Aboulela’s on Granta (web-only): Homecoming – I.