To read the excerpt, visit http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/30/magazine/30lives-t.html
‘The Butterfly Mosque: A Young Woman’s Journey to Love and Islam’ comes out on June 1st!
Willow will talk about her book at the “Globe and Mail/Ben McNally Brunch” on Sunday, June 13, 2010. Please visit Ben McNally Books for more information and ticket purchases. Make sure to bookmark the page for event updates!
“A first-rate memoir and love story that is a delight to read.” - Library Journal
“[Willow’s] work proves a tremendously heartfelt, healing cross-cultural fusion.” - Publishers Weekly
About the Book
The extraordinary story of a young North American’s conversion to Islam and her ensuing romance with an Egyptian man, The Butterfly Mosque is a stunning articulation of a Westerner embracing the Muslim world
After graduating from university, Willow Wilson, a young American — and newly converted Muslim — impulsively accepts a teaching position in Cairo. There, she meets Omar, a passionate young nationalist with a degree in astrophysics. Omar introduces Willow to the bustling city, and through him she discovers a young, moderate nationalist movement, a movement that both wants to divest itself of western influence and regain cultural pride. When the two find themselves unexpectedly in love, despite their deep cultural differences, they decide that they will try to forge a third culture, a new landscape that will embrace some of each of their cultures, and give their fledgling romance some hope of survival.
Wilson weaves this engaging personal story with deep insights into faith in a fractured world, and gives westerners rare insight into an important young reform movement. The Butterfly Mosque is an inspiring account of an unlikely cross-cultural love, and the moving story of two young people working within the boundaries of contemporary religion and culture to forge a life together against the odds.
About G. Willow
Causes G. Willow Wilson Supports
Medicins Sans Frontiers, The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund