Yusuf Abu Rayya (1955-2009) was born in Hihya in the Nile Delta. He wrote seven novels, five short story collections, and nine books for children, and was on the governing board of the Egyptian branch of PEN International. Wedding Night was awarded the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature in 2005. R. Neil Hewison is the translator of City of Love and Ashes by Yusuf Idris (AUC Press, 1998), and the author of The Fayoum: History and Guide (AUC Press, 4th ed. 2008).
"Abu-Rayya seems at his accomplished best in this novel . . . He has given his usual theme a vital, almost theatrical edge, investing the narrative with the qualities of good entertainment."--Al-Ahram Weekly
"Abu Rayya's talent comes in creating a web of characters that bring the small, sleepy town in the Delta to life."--Aida Nassar, The Daily Star