About The Years of Silence

The Years of Silence was published in April 2009 in Egypt; soon afterwards it was a national bestseller.

A big THANK YOU to all my fans and readers. The novel wouldn't have been such a success if it weren't for you.

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The Years of Silence captivates you from the start with its tragic loss and history of violence. Author Marwa Ayad’s writing is beautiful and her voice is so stunningly real I was certain I was reading the excerpts of a painfully recorded diary. She is a promising new author that writes with humility and honor. I highly recommend this novel to readers of all genres, and for any ages. -- Long and Short Reviews ***** (full review)

The exotic detail of Egypt truly brings the reader right into the homes located thousands of miles away. A story well worth reading. --Coffee Time Romance **** (full review)

A poignant and moving debut book. I love Marwa's voice, the novel is so beautifully told. -- Kim Michele Richardson, author of The Unbreakable Child

The Years of Silence is contemporary romance at its best. 
--Thomma Lyn Grindstaff, author of Mirror Blue

This is writing at its very best. This is definitely a romance book everyone, whether male or female, should pick up and read. It would be quite reasonable to say that Marwa Ayad is Egypt’s Danielle Steele. 
-- Amr Shehata, author of The Lord of Delusion

A queen when it comes to contemporary fiction. Wow! 
-- Rasha Adel, Egyptian poet and writer

Straight from her debut novel, this novelist, born and raised in Egypt, has created a bestseller with The Years of Silence. Definitely a book well worth reading. 
-- Identity Magazine

They say when you can't tell if a story is fact or fiction, the author's done a good job. This is a beautiful story-it's well written. I have not read any Arab fiction/non-fiction before--so it was a learning experience for me. I was touched and my eyes were opened. I would definitely read more books from this author. Thanks for your work.
-- Danielle Thorne, American poet and writer


After a tragic incident, divorced and heartbroken, Egyptian 27-year old Maya Seif is determined to move on, and find a new career in publishing. When she realizes she can't get Yusuf, her first love, out of her mind, she decides to email him.

Yusuf Omar, an ambitious American-born, Egyptian-raised man is a thousand miles away from Egypt, and going through difficult times himself. The last thing he expects is an email, after all these years of silence, from the young woman he was in love with seven years ago.

Between Egypt and New York, little do they know how their lives are about to change forever, but not until they overcome the most difficult challenge.

Narrated by Maya, this is a story of a great love lost and found, and the risks two people in love are willing to take to be together when their love is the greatest risk of all.


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