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Not from Here

Check out my novel Not from Here and let me know what you think.

For the last couple of years, I’ve been spending most of my time doing rewrites to this novel and now, it’s finally finished. Of course no creative work is ever truly finished, at least not until it’s between covers in a bookstore, or behind a frame in a gallery, or the artist is dead. But now I feel that the novel is quite close to the final form in which it will appear commercially, if and when that happens. If I have to drive around the U.S. selling it out of my trunk on streetcorners, it will happen, but let’s try the more conventional routes first.

Not from Here is the story of a young musician, Anton, who escapes from his stifling small town to go to the city, where he tries to change the world with his music. It’s also the story of his unbreakable friendship with his alter-ego, Timmins, a reclusive artist whose paintings come true. And it’s the story of his discovery of shadowy forces that manipulate society on every level, through politics, the media and even our friends, who might be spying on us without even realizing it. At first Anton is helped by this conspiracy because they need him to stir up the youth, but as he comes to understand its goals, he decides he must fight it, expose it and try to destroy it. Will he succeed?

This novel is a coming of age story, a story of friendship and betrayal and the end of the world. In short, it has everything, an entire universe crammed into 450 pages. I spent several years working on Not from Here, so I respectfully ask you, my friends and readers, to take a few days to read it, give me your supportive and critical comments, and recommend it to friends.

Now that I’m finished with this, I’ll be traveling to New York, Paris and then Morocco, where I’ll be in time for the Gnaoua Festival at the end of the month. Readers of this blog who would like to see me while I’m in Morocco are requested to contact me at write[at], or leave your contact information in the comments below.


Comment from Hisham
Time: June 7, 2009, 15:06

That’s a great news… I’ll be diving into it, I can assure you my friend!

Comment from Reda
Time: June 8, 2009, 08:27

I will read it as soon as I finish what Im reading (millenium). Good luck!

Comment from eatbees
Time: June 8, 2009, 08:42

Hisham, Reda — Thanks guys!

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