Historical Fiction

The Illustrated Boatman's Daughter


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Young Salima is a daughter of the Nile who longs to see the world. She feels trapped in her family’s barge business.

When an invitation arrives to join the Suez Canal effort, she answers the call. The Caliph’s men seek native Egyptian clerks to help stem a tide of corruption and inefficiency.

Salima quickly finds that the skills she has learned with the river people translate well to the organization of the Canal. She and her new friend Emilie are able to secure dozens of “lost” machines and components, and to correct widespread book-keeping discrepancies which threaten the great project. She gains a new contract for the fedayeen, her countrymen who slave to dig the Canal.

Powerful forces oppose the Canal’s successful completion. Salima and Emilie must flee up the Nile in the company of their handler Mikal, the young Dutch marine agent. In the Valley of the Kings, they meet a teenaged rebel leader (Khalid) and an eccentric archeologist (Elfriede). As relationships develop, a love triangle brings complications.

Richly illustrated edition of a young-adult historical fiction novella.

About the author

Tom Durwood is a teacher, writer and editor with an interest in history. Tom most recently taught English Composition and Empire and Literature at Valley Forge Military College, where he won the Teacher of the Year Award five times. view profile

Published on October 27, 2020

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20000 words

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Historical Fiction

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