On the Brink of the Nile
After teaching at the American School in Cairo for one year, Mrs. Magda decides to expand her career path and become a child and family advocate, with the goal of empowering students and parents. But she is at a loss when she’s faced with the task of helping children who have been traumatized by Islamic teachers who deviate from the curriculum and teach information that is not credible, nor in line with Islamic values. What’s more, she is challenged by a university professor who grades unfairly and according to her own biased views, and a teacher who misdiagnoses a child as having special needs. Read more
"There are several story lines throughout the book, and the characters intersect with each other to establish and explain the main themes within the story. Each main character is well developed, and the dialogue is realistic. Maha is a young woman who is struggling to find her true self in a complicated society. Add to this, the intriguing and concerning portrayal of the educational system in Cairo, and the reader is captivated. Author Mahi Wasfy has created an excellent and honest portrayal of modern day Egypt in On the Brink of the Nile. The book is both informative and compelling – a thought-provoking read."
- Deborah Lloyd
"On the Brink of the Nile by Mahi Wasfy is beautifully written. I think where Wasfy excels as a writer is in her character development. Even ancillary characters feel fleshed out, and the connection between readers and Maha and Mrs. Magda is instant. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy books where the hope of youth and the crusade of a matured heroine - both impassioned and galvanized in very different ways - leads to a perfect weekend lost in a wonderful story."
- Jamie Michele
"This is a novel that deals brilliantly with social issues in a predominantly Muslim community and the author does an awesome job in weaving the religious tenets into the narrative. The setting — both physical and religious — is beautifully explored in this book and readers get an understanding of what it felt like to be a student in Cairo in the early years of the 21st century. The story is told in a powerful and clear narrative voice, punctuated by interesting and exciting dialogues that sound natural to the ear."
- Ruffina Oserio
In the Heart of Cairo
When anti-bias educator, Mrs. Magda, becomes the new Theory of Knowledge teacher at the American School in Cairo, she is shocked to discover the ugly truth behind the school’s prestigious reputation. Despite the challenges and hostility she faces, Mrs. Magda is committed to achieving her career goal of transforming the environment at the school and making it truly bicultural. Although the school’s administration hired her to achieve just that, they realize Read more
"It is always a special treat to learn about other cultures by reading a compelling and engaging story – Mahi Wasfy accomplishes this in the fictional work" Read more
- Deborah Lloyd
"In the Heart of Cairo is not only an insightful cultural study, it is a solid example of the importance of examining one’s own life and finding peace." Read more
- Melinda Hills
"Simple read with not too many big words. Gives us a sneak peek into the Egyptian household and their education system. I could well relate to it, as India is facing." Read more
About Mahi Wasfy
Mahi Wasfy was born in Alexandria, Egypt and grew up in Cairo. She earned her Master’s Degree in Science in Early Childhood Education, and is an Early Childhood Educator. On the Brink of the Nile is the sequel to her first novel, In the Heart of Cairo.
In both novels, she addresses issues related to bias, diversity, and equity prevalent in International schools, universities and multicultural environments. She enjoys being a ‘granny'/e-moderator, encouraging young children to maximize their learning potential.