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Nina’s Alcoholism

She looked pleased, like alcohol had given her yet another gift. And vicious—alcoholics are so vicious. They'll drink your breath, and I knew it.

illustration of capillary network of the pulmonary blood vessels in the human lung


For some women, taking the higab—that permanent oath, that fabric tattoo—can be seen as a form of sacrifice but, for my sister Soraya, one of the most fashionable women of Cairo, if not Egypt, even the world, this would be the ultimate sacrifice.

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They must have been born with this connection to their hands, to each other, and if that was indeed the case, then why hadn’t I been born with this gift?

The National Gallery

“It was because of the bike crash that I volunteered for an HIV-vaccine trial. I blame Brian.”