Once you read Acacia Hillsa bewildering question will arise: what is this novel’s genre?But aren’t the best of stories the ones that follow no rule? A haunting, unnerving and thought-provoking book, Acacia Hillsaffects the reader profoundly. The intriguing literary work evoked intense emotions and questions about the vulnerability of human life. Hisham El Kheshen, whose novel Graphite was nominated for long list of the Arab Booker Award in 2015, presents in Acacia Hills the life journey of a tycoon– with no name – who is losing his memory to dementia. From the clips and snippets of his fraying memory the reader learns about his love story with Sarah, which he was forced to abandon, but its memory stayed within him until his last days. He also introduces the reader to Magda;the wife that was chosen for him and whom her death might have caused his dementia. The strayed son, his illegitimate granddaughter, the betrayed daughter, and the son-in-law he never accepted were all players in his once glamorous journey. The conflict and rivalry between the tycoon with no name and both his son and son-in-law was born because of his will and desire to defend the rights of the women in his life. He not only challenged the status quo, but also the religious justifications behind them. And as a result, the battles he fought to empower the women in his life backfired at him. But the story that takes place in less than twenty-four hours is deeper than just a family feud. It is a symbolic philosophical hypothesis that questions the meaning and value of life, the battles between the hearts and minds, between justice and beliefs. El Kheshen installs the readers inside the foggy mind of the tycoon with no name to experience his mental incoherence, where his memories were perceived as his reality. They witness the failure of his hazy memory to identify his familiar surroundings or family members. The journey inside his mind is uncomfortable, a manifestation of how at the peak of human strength we are vulnerable. And to explain the state of mind of a person suffering from dementia, it was imperative for El Kheshen to push the readers out of their comfort zones. A disturbing experience, but to be believable the journey had to be confusing. In Acacia Hills as in his other novels, El Kheshen discusses multiple issues; the social changes after the 1952 revolution and the nostalgia to an era gone by, women empowerment, illegitimate children and child custody. The tycoon with no name not only accepts his illegitimate grandchild, but defends her rights too, which puts him at crossfire with his son. El Kheshen also brought euthanasia, which he first introduced in his novel Adam Al Masry, to a new dimension.