Ghada Abdel-Aal

Ghada Abdel Aal is a blogger, newspaper and magazine columnist, screenwriter, and author of the bestselling Ayza Atgawez (I Want to Get Married), a hilarious satire that examines the cultural expectations placed upon women of marriageable age in Egypt.

Her book has been translated into five languages — including English by Nora Eltahawy — and Abdel Aal’s screenplay adaptation won The Golden Pyramid award at the Cairo Arabic Media Festival.

Abdel Aal is an alumna of the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program and recipient of the 2012 Bauer Prize for promising new writers at Incroci di Civiltà, Venice’s International Literary Festival.


An excerpt from I Want to Get Married!


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