Behind Picket Fences – A Review

Behind Picket Fences is the second novel of Hend Hegazi, an Egyptian-American Muslim writer who lives in Alexandria, Egypt with her husband and four children. Her second novel just like the first one is nothing short than a masterpiece masha’Allah. It follows the lives of four suburban American families; one of which is Muslim. Compared to her first one, Normal Calm, Behind Picket Fences is more of a mainstream novel.

front cover Hend

So we have Sidra and Farris, Mariam and Morgan, Summer and Porter and May and Hasan.

Sidra and Farris are successful. She’s a case worker and her knight in shining armor is a lawyer. She just yearns for one thing that money can’t buy.

Mariam is a stay home mother and this is about to change when Morgan starts having financial troubles to support her and their four beautiful children.

Summer is a vibrant young woman who is the prized possession of Porter; a semi-uptight successful Business man.

Finally, May is a mother of two who is dreaming to go back to her guaranteed editing job while she is trying to get over a little malaise so she thought.

The book stirred many emotions in me. When I first read it, I was pregnant so I attributed my feelings to my hormonal stage and brushed it aside. But it was to my surprise that when I read it again for a review, I was an even bigger emotional mess. I really enjoyed the story as it makes us realize that we should count our blessings and stop wishing for what other have behind their picket fences. Every blessed family in our eyes is facing a struggle we have no idea of because Allah never gives everything to His creations.

Hegazi captured very well the weaknesses of human nature in her second novel and hats off to her for crafting and writing so beautifully masha’Allah. I wish her all the success she deserves with this book. Amiin.

Looking forward for her third novel. I know! I don’t even know if she has started penning one but I’ll be in line to read it if I live to see insha’Allah.

The book ends realistically and I’m curious to know what’s next for at least two members of these two families; Hasan + May and Morgan + Mariam. Will their paths meet somehow in the future? I wonder!

back cover Hend

You can follow Hend Hegazi on Facebook and/or on Amazon. Finally, Hegazi also blogs at

Jazak’Allah khair for reading,

Papatia Feauxzar

Originally posted at HAYATI MAGAZINE.

About Papatia

Papatia Feauxzar is an Author and Muslim Publisher who holds a Master's degree in Accounting with a concentration in Personal Finance. She now works from home at alhamdullilah. You can visit her website at or her sister's website
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29 Responses to Behind Picket Fences – A Review

  1. Papatia says:

    Reblogged this on A Ducktrinor Mom and commented:

    *By the Roman* aka Buy the Book 🙂


  2. Sounds like a novel to add to my list of reads!

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  3. saimawrites says:

    Your review did justice to the book and actually made me realize the intenisty of emotions in which the characters must be floating. Title is also very intersting. How great it would be if u add image of the book’s cover page for us to see 🙂

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  4. I always need more books to read! My husband is from Alexandria too so I would love to support another Alexandrian! Picking this up soon inshaAllah.

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  5. maryamkabir says:

    Maryam is a stay home mother ? lol 🙂
    good review sis ! is it available online as a ebook ?

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  6. Reading these book reviews makes me want to put down all the middle grade fiction I am surrounded by each day and start reading some adult fiction. Going to start creating a “to read” list that doesn’t include books for ages 9-13.

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  7. irumirshad says:

    It was soo emotional reading your review. The message highlighted is so beautiful. Count your blessings- which we often forget in this competitive world. ALHUMDULILAH ALHUMDULILAH ALHUMDULILAH. Your reviews are soo consistent MashaAllah. In sha Allah hope this book gets all the success it deserves AAMEEN. And I must mention the title made me feel soo curious 🙂

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  8. Haya says:

    Very interesting! This could serve as a good gift to anyone. Fiction is a smooth way of expressing ones opinion in convincing manner. I would love to read such clean book.

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  9. rukukazia says:

    Your review makes me want to read this novel. Is it a sequel to her first?

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  10. Umme Hafsa says:

    Sounds so interesting… intrigued to read the book inshaAllah 🙂 Your review stirred up emotions in me hehehe 🙂

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  11. Myda Tahir says:

    Thanks papatia for reviewing the piece which captures the true face of human behavior of having more.
    Will def love to ead.

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  12. Thank you for sharing. Will look for the book as soon as I find time. I hope there’s a kindle version.

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  13. Amina Edota says:

    Great review sis. I love books that stir strong emotions. They touch a part of us that we don’t even realise exist.

    May Allah grant the author much success and may the book serve as a means of guidance for others.

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  14. Muslim Mummy says:

    A book to add to my never ending list of books to read!

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  15. Najmah Capal says:

    Sis Papatia, your review and curiosity shows how you enjoyed this book. When I get more time, will try reading more books made by Muslims. These book reviews would help me choose my next read. ❤

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  16. melissazia90 says:

    sounds like a good read! might have to have a read soon 🙂

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