We’re excited because everyone who’s read it so far, has come back saying how it hooks you from the first line and won’t let go of you until it’s swept you away with its big, giddy camera work, wind in your hair, ending. And, well, that makes us happy because that’s every bit how we felt when we first read it too.
So the story’s about a London based writer watching and reflecting on the events of the Arab Spring and the broader global unrest that forked off it (the London riots, Occupy Wall Street, the Syria uprising) through reports and news from his computer screen, newspapers and taxi drivers too. From the perspective of his pop culture heaped everyday London life, he tries to make sense of it all: blending verite style real-time commentary with a dreamed up almost Bollywood style love story set among a gallery of characters in Egypt living through the revolution.
Throughout, as the story ping pongs back and forth between London and Cairo, digressions wreak merry havoc and increasingly take over and become the story, making good on Zadie Smith quoting Laurence Sterne in her introduction to the Best American Non-Required Reading: “Digressions, incontestably, are the sunshine; they are the life, the soul of reading.”
It’s a cheeky and poignant and very, very clever read and we’re thinking and hoping that you’ll love it as much as we do.