What’s On Your Nightstand: Olfet Agrama

What's On Your Nightstand-From Left to Write

We’re back with our latest edition of What’s On Your Nightstand. Today we peek at the nightstand of debut author Olfet Agrama.

Olfet  Agrama - author of At the Crossroad

At the moment I am rereading Alice Monroe’s book of short stories entitled Hateship Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage. She is my favorite writers. I consider her one of the best writers of the twentieth century. Her uncanny vision , her insight into human nature, her sense of humor and her mastery of the English language is unparalleled.

The other book I just read and found enriching, surprisingly and well written is the book, An Unnecessary Woman, by Rabih Alameddine. He is a Lebanese writer of great sensitivity and feeling. He portrays a woman who lives alone and spends her days translating important literary authors into Arabic but never shows her manuscripts to anyone. She has a few women friends, who live in her building and who come to her aid when a fire breaks out and threatens her life’s work. The writer shows an uncanny ability for entering into the female psyche and for portraying the solidarity that exists among women.

The third book I have on my nightstand is entitled The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano. The book was written in Italian and has been translated into thirty languages. Giordano won Italy’s top book prize The Premio Strega award. I am intrigued.

At the Crossroad by  Olfet Agrama

At the Crossroad was written by first time author, Olfet Agrama, a native of Cairo, Egypt. Her book is based on real people she knew growing up in the Middle East during the 1950s and 1960s. The characters personal relationships are affected by military and political events occurring in Egypt during that time. Their lives are filled with a range of emotions that includes sexual tension, loneliness, elation, confusion, fulfillment, humiliation and hope.

Thanks for sharing Olfet!

Have you read any of the books on her nightstand?


  1. February 11, 2015
    • February 11, 2015