"An original and vivid voice. Full of energy, this is a new and welcome take on the Palestinian story." AHDAF SOUEIF
Gaza is being bombed. After spending the night getting stoned watching it happen, Rashid wakes to hear that he’s got the escape route he’s been waiting for: a scholarship to London. His sister, Iman – frustrated by atrocities and inaction around her – has also been up all night, in a meeting that offers her nothing but more frustration. Grabbing recklessly at an opportunity to make a difference, she finds herself being followed by an unknown fighter.
Meanwhile Sabri, the oldest brother of this disparate family, works on a history of Palestine from his wheelchair as their mother feuds with their neighbours.
Written with extraordinary humanity and humour, and moving between Gaza London and the Gulf, Out of It is a tale that redefines Palestine and its people. It follows the lives of Rashid and Iman as they try to forge paths for themselves in the midst of occupation, religious fundamentalism and the divisions between Palestinian factions. It tells of family secrets, unlikely love stories and unburied tragedies as it captures the frustrations and energies of the modern Arab world.
Out of It is published by Bloomsbury (UK) and Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Press (BQFP) (December 2011). The UK paperback edition is released in August 2012 and the US edition is coming out with Bloomsbury USA on August 7th 2012.
The Arabic edition translated by Samer Abou Hawwach will be released by BQFP in December 2012.