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Countdown to Nadiri: Amina Al Sherif’s latest novel promises an unforgettable journey

Nadiri is not your average novel. It’s a narrative that delves deep into the complexities of identity, culture, and ambition.

Photo courtesy Amina Al Sherif
Photo courtesy Amina Al Sherif

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In the heart of San Antonio lies Nowhere Bookshop, a literary haven that will soon be the setting for the Nadiri book launch. Amina Al Sherif is set to unveil this first installment of her three-part series on November 29, 2023. 

Nadiri is not your average novel. It’s a narrative that delves deep into the complexities of identity, culture, and ambition. Set against the backdrop of a young girl’s life, the story explores the struggle of growing up between two worlds. Hagar Khalifa, our protagonist, is caught between the American Christian world of her mother and her Egyptian Muslim father. Through her eyes, we witness her quest to define herself amidst the stark differences between the public Egyptian school system and the private American one.

But Nadiri doesn’t stop there. As Hagar navigates the extreme challenges of straddling two cultures, we follow her as she aspires to join the US Army. This novel takes us through her transformation from a young girl to a US Army officer, her pursuit of higher education in the deep American South, and her commission as an Arab American during the tumultuous Arab Spring and the rise of the so-called Islamic State.

What makes this novel truly unique is its ability to capture the essence of the human spirit in the face of adversity and cultural divide. Amina’s writing offers readers a tale of self-discovery, resilience, and ambition set against the backdrop of historical events that have shaped our world. It’s a novel that promises to challenge our perspectives, tug at our heartstrings, and take us on an unforgettable literary journey.

Nadiri is currently available for preorder at Amina’s website or directly from her publisher, Texas indie publishing house Black Rose Writing. With this exclusive opportunity, readers can be among the first to immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of Hagar Khalifa’s journey as she navigates the intricate web of her dual heritage.

To celebrate the launch of Nadiri, Amina has meticulously planned a series of events, including the book signing event scheduled for November 29th at Nowhere Bookshop in San Antonio. Attendees will be able to meet the author and receive autographed copies of  Nadiri, along with special gifts made in Cairo related to the novel. It’s an event that promises to be an immersive experience for all lovers of literature.

Nowhere Bookshop is not just a venue; it’s an experience. This charming independent bookstore at 5154 Broadway in San Antonio offers more than just books. It’s a space where literary enthusiasts can gather to share their passion for the written word. The bookstore boasts a selection of new books, hosts author events, showcases unique gifts, and even includes a cozy coffee, wine, and beer bar—a perfect setting for book lovers to discuss, celebrate, and get lost in the world of Nadiri.

Whether you’re an avid reader, a fan of Amina’s work, or someone seeking a gripping tale of personal growth, Nadiri will surely captivate your heart and mind. So save the date: November 29th at 6 pm at Nowhere Bookshop. Amina Al Sherif’s Nadiri is about to profoundly impact the literary scene, and you’re invited to be part of the experience. For more information or to pre order your copy of Nadiri, visit

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Jon Stojan is a professional writer based in Wisconsin. He guides editorial teams consisting of writers across the US to help them become more skilled and diverse writers. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and children.

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