“Equal parts witty, historical and dramatic, Nader’s narrative, A Lantern in the Shade, is a page turner.” – Reader Review
“Nader's writing is transporting...There is a magical charm that pervades his writing, as he guides us from the past to the present, from deep comfort & familiarity to heart-pounding seduction and danger.” – Reader Review
“I truly enjoyed reading this book, it made me feel heard in some ways, most of the topics he talked about felt very real and hit home, and he did a wonderful job shining the light on important [Middle East and Arab] regional topics. I teared up at the end of it." – Reader Review
A young woman's coming-of-age story desperate to be told. Her son's perilous journey to honor her life. Uncover this gripping tale spanning generations...
A Lantern in the Shade is an epic historical fiction saga that draws on a blend of Middle Eastern history and poignant, dramatic prose to tell the story of an Arab immigrant family's quest for truth and honor –– offering a unique perspective that heralds the rich and vibrant cultures of the Middle East, while unveiling oppressive challenges some marginalized communities face in their day-to-day lives, including the struggles for women’s rights and LGBTQ acceptance.
Nour is a young Arab-American woman faced with the impossible task of reconciling with her father’s heavily-guarded secrets and her mother’s deteriorating mental health. She struggles to prevent her own dreams from falling by the wayside, as she fights to hold her family together.
Years later, Nour’s son Jacob takes a harrowing journey to the Arabian Peninsula, fraught with risk, romance and wonder, to be closer to his family’s homeland -- yearning to uncover lost details about his mother's life. Should Jacob succeed, he will finally achieve his life-long aspiration to honor his mother's dreams and shed light on their family’s deepest-held mysteries. But if he fails, he might just become a lost soul consumed by the sinking sands of the Arabian Desert…
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