ALIA MAMDOUH was born in Iraq and received her degree in psychology from the University of Mastansariya in 1971. She served as editor-in-chief of al-Rasid magazine from 1970 to 1982. She now lives in Paris. She is the author of Naphtalene: A Novel of Baghdad (AUC Press, 2005). MARILYN BOOTH is the translator of The Open Door by Latifa al-Zayyat (AUC Press, 2002), Somaya Ramadan’s The Leaves of Narcissus (AUC Press, 2002), and Hoda Barakat’s The Tiller of the Waters (AUC Press, 2003).