I Sweep the Sun Off Rooftops - Hanan Al-Shaykh I was curious to read stories about the Middle East and picked up the book enthusiatically at the library. Unfortunately, what I got was below my expectations.

The quality of the little stories in the book varies greatly. It seems that the stories have been written at different times in the author's life, some are memories told through a child's voice, some are coming of age and others about marriage/sex, etc.. I thought that at times the author has described the role of women in a negative way and it was a bit depressing.