From the back of the book:
Set amidst the turmoil of contemporary Middle Eastern politics, this marvelously vivid novel by an Egyptian journalist is an intimate look into the often hidden lives of Arab women today. It tells the story of Asya, a brilliant young woman who grows up in the luxurious world of the Egyptian elite, marries a Westernized husband, and pursues graduate study in England, where she becomes embroiled in a love affair with an Englishman.
But for all her worldliness, Asya remains caught in a struggle betweent ties to her traditions and desire for independence and sexual fulfillment. Lyrical and honest, sensual and erudite, In the Eye of the Sun is a revealing account of cultural collisions - and the plight of women all too often caught in the middle.
This is a very long and very different novel that gathers you in until you feel like you have lived alongside of the characters. Asya is an Egyptian girl whose family is liberal, comfortably well off and educated. Asya is all of those things as well as spoiled and emotionally immature. You will learn a lot about middle Eastern politics circa 1960-80, and about how rich children were raised at that time, the values and mores of the society,especially those related to sexual identity. It is very frank and explicit. Their are several "love" encounters including one with a hippie type American who is basically a jerk. Asya was far more enamored of him than I was. Her Egyptian husband is close to perfect in spite of the short comings Asya describes. Very interesting in many aspects. I recommend it!