Deal Me In Reading Challenge: I drew the two of clubs.
Story: Missing Out, by Leila Aboulela. I read it in The Granta Book of the African Short Story; it also available online at http://www.granta.com/Archive/111/Missing-Out/1 .
Comments: Leila Aboulela, who is Sudanese, writes here about a classic situation: that of an immigrant couple (Sudanese in London, in this case), one of whom embraces the new culture of the host country with enthusiasm, to the point of considering staying there permanently, while the other retreats more and more into longing for the country of origin, dreaming of going back, refusing to adapt, and becoming ever more isolated and withdrawn from the reality of life around her. “My fictional worlds reflect Muslim logic,” the author says. “But my characters do not necessarily behave as ‘good’ Muslims; they are not ideals or role models. They are flawed and complex, trying to practise their faith or make sense of Allah’s will, in difficult circumstances.” (From her website: http://www.leila-aboulela.com/).
Given her way of creating character here, and of drawing the reader in to have sympathy for both sides of the story, I will be on the lookout for other work by this author.