This is the only book that has ever made me miss my bus stop. Michaels writes poetry, and her fiction is also poetry. This is a rich and roaming narrative that traverses drowning lands and villages, war and love. It revolves around the damming of the Nile with the Aswan Dam and the dismantlng of the great temple at Abu Simbel. Avery is the engineer overseeing this delicate task, and he is in Egypt with his new wife, Jean. The words "quiet intimacy of human lives" are used on the cover. Makes my heart sing, this book.