The world Dahlia inhabits is in many ways familiar to western readers. She has a dull but decent job in an insurance company, and spends her spare time hanging out with her friends Mona, Zaina and Yousef. They visit malls and restaurants, or coffee shops with a “steampunk industrial” vibe, all concrete floors and exposed piping. They go to house parties where the bass thumps out into the night and young people drink and snog on the dancefloor.

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AuthorAlice O'Keeffe