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Picture in the Sand by Peter Blauner

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Also by Peter Blauner:

Picture in the Sand, January 2023
Hardcover / e-Book
Sunrise Highway, September 2018
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Proving Ground, May 2017
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Casino Moon, June 2009
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Picture in the Sand
Peter Blauner

A Novel

Minotaur Books
January 2023
On Sale: January 3, 2023
Featuring: Alex Hassan
352 pages
ISBN: 1250851017
EAN: 9781250851017
Kindle: B09Y46PGWJ
Hardcover / e-Book
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Peter Blauner's epic Picture in the Sand is a sweeping intergenerational saga told through a grandfather's passionate letters to his grandson, passing on the story of his political rebellion in 1950s Egypt in order to save his grandson's life in a post-9/11 world.

When Alex Hassan gets accepted to an Ivy League university, his middle-class Egyptian-American family is filled with pride and excitement. But that joy turns to shock when they discover that he’s run off to the Middle East to join a holy war instead. When he refuses to communicate with everyone else, his loving grandfather Ali emails him one last plea. If Alex will stay in touch, his grandfather will share with Alex – and only Alex – a manuscript containing the secret story of his own life that he’s kept hidden from his family, until now.

It's the tale of his romantic and heartbreaking past rooted in Hollywood and the post-revolutionary Egypt of the 1950s, when young Ali was a movie fanatic who attained a dream job working for the legendary director Cecil B. DeMille on the set of his epic film, The Ten Commandments. But Ali’s vision of a golden future as an American movie mogul gets upended when he is unwittingly caught up in a web of politics, espionage, and real-life events that change the course of history.

It's a narrative he’s told no one for more than a half-century. But now he’s forced to unearth the past to save a young man who’s about to make the same tragic mistakes he made so long ago.

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