I am happy to be participant of the Debut Author Giveaway Hop! I love reading debut novels and learning about new authors with new voices. A big THANK YOU to Bookhounds and I Am A Reader for hosting this blog hop.
For this hop, I would like to feature debut author Hend Hegazi and her novel, Normal Calm. As always, this is a blog hop, so hop along and visit the other participants. You never know what fun and new treasures are to be found! :)
Amina is an Arab American woman attending one of the best universities in the US. During the spring of her junior year, Amina is raped by one of her friends, making her essentially unmarriageable in the eyes of her parents and, possibly, the entire Arab community. When her mother experiences a nervous breakdown, Amina fears that she is to blame for her mother's condition. Eventually she falls in love with Sherif, but his reaction to her rape proves him to be unworthy. Deciding to forgo love, Amina focuses on her career. When her best friend introduces her to Mazin, however, she sees in him only good qualities. He is successful, kind, generous...but she feels no love for him. When Mazin asks for her hand in marriage, Amina struggles with the idea of settling for a man she does not love. Knowing that he, too, may abandon her when he learns of her rape is another burden she continues to bear.
About the Author:
Hend Hegazi was born and raised in Attleboro, Massachusetts. She graduated from Smith College in 2000, majoring in biology and minoring in religion. In 2002 she moved to Egypt to be with her husband. Hend is a stay at home mother of four and finds that writing helps in the struggle to keep her sanity. Her book was published by FB Publishing, January 7, 2014
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