"Naken i hijab" (Nude in hijab) was published on the 25th of august 2011 in Norway.
Norwegian girl Liva tags along with a friend to a holiday in Egypt. It turns out to be a country that fills her heart and soul. An overwhelming romance evolves between her and local boy Kareem. She has to return to Egypt to find out how deep this affair runs, and ends up signing a contract of marriage. The young couple agrees to spend one year in Egypt before making the move to Norway, and Liva is warmly welcomed in the family and village, where she finds values she feels the Norwegian society has lost.
She starts to comprehend the magnitude of her own choices when she learns she is pregnant with Kareems baby and also come to understand how he never intended to move to Norway. She gradually find more truths about her husband than she looks for and needs to make new choices. Is she able to maintain her own integrity, and the safety of her child?
A novel about both the beautiful and difficult sides to cultural differences in a relationship.
Publishing "Nude in hijab" has been such an amazing journey. One of the major highlight was of course being nominated for The Norwegian Booksellers Award as the only debutante among nine well-seasoned and well established authors. I am so grateful for the positive attitude and how my novel has been recieved, it gives a lot of motivation to keep writing, and ...
And of course... To keep coming back to Egypt!