In her new novel The twelve rooms of the Nile, Florence Nightingale and Gustave Flaubert ignite a friendship marked by intelligence, humor, and ravishing tenderness that will alter both their destinies. In Shomer’s deft hands, the two unlikely soul mates come together to share their darkest torments and most fervent hopes. As they travel up the Nile, exploring Egypt’s many wonders—the Cairo markets, the rapids at Aswan, Abu Simbel, the Temple of Osiris, a desert excursion to the Red Sea—we experience alongside them the opulent, varied tapestry of the mid-nineteenth century Ottoman world.
Enid Shomer’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The New York Times Book Review, and The Atlantic Monthly, among other publications. She is the author of four books of poetry and two story collections, Tourist Season, which was awarded the Florida Book Award for General Fiction and named a Barnes and Noble “Discover Great New Writers” pick, and Imaginary Men, which won the Iowa Short Fiction Award and the LSU/Southern Review Award. She is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Florida Arts Council and has appeared on NPR’S Morning Edition and All Things Considered. She lives in Tampa, Florida.
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