Ghada Abdel Aal will discuss her best-selling book "I Want to Get Married!" at an event hosted by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Arabic Flagship Program, and the Center for Women's and Gender Studies.
After years of searching for Mr. Right in living-room meetings arranged by family or friends, Ghada Abdel Aal, a young Egyptian professional, decided to take to the blogosphere to share her experiences and vent her frustrations at being young, single, and female in Egypt. Her blog, I Want to Get Married!, quickly became a hit with both men and women in the Arab world. With a keen sense of humor and biting social commentary, Abdel Aal recounts in painful detail her adventures with failed proposals and unacceptable suitors. There's Mr. Precious, who storms out during their
first meeting when he feels his favorite athlete has been slighted, and another suitor who robs her in broad daylight, to name just a few of the characters she runs across in her pursuit of wedded bliss.
"I Want to Get Married!" has since become a best-selling book in Egypt and the inspiration for a television series. This witty look at dating challenges skewed representations of the Middle East and presents a realistic picture of what it means to be a single young woman in the Arab world, where, like elsewhere, a good man can be hard to find.
Ghada Abdel Aal is currently participating in the University of Iowa's International Writing Program.
A book signing will follow at 7 p.m. at BookWoman, located at 5501 North Lamar, A-105.