Nagla's Response To Hossam

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In the section titled “Saturday,” Ehsan suggests asking for forgiveness through the power of food. The shoreik or fetir el-rahmah is a pastry consisting of pretzel shaped sweet bread coated with egg wash and brown sugar. Although Ehsan used the pastry to incite those visiting the graveyard to pray for her husband, she used it this time to bring mercy to Hossam. Though this tactic is frowned upon by Samir, it is important to acknowledge that Nagla is participating in it. Even though she agreed to attend the memorial service for Natalie, Nagla uses Ehsan’s offering because she is prioritizing her son. “Yet every single breach of American notions of etiquette that Nagla witnessed her mother commit resulted in a connection with someone, a momentary

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