Thursday, November 30 • 10:30 am
Picture in the Sand
Picture in the Sand is a historical suspense novel about faith, hope, terror, and the movies.
In 1954, a young movie fan named Ali Hassan gets a dream job working for Cecil B. DeMille on a film about the greatest of Jewish liberation stories, The Ten Commandments, in Egypt. But that dream turns into a nightmare when Ali gets caught up in real-life events of the day, including the aftermath of the war with Israel and his country’s struggles with violent religious fanatics. He ends up in prison, but he finds salvation there in an unlikely life-saving friendship with a Jewish filmmaker. It’s a story Ali has kept secret for decades. But now, as an older successful businessman living in America, he’s forced to share it with a beloved grandson who’s about to make the same mistakes by going off to fight in a holy war.
“On rare occasions, I read a book that reminds me why I fell in love with storytelling in the first place. This is such a book.” — Stephen King
About the Author:
Peter Blauner is the author of nine novels, including the Edgar-winning Slow Motion Riot and The New York Time bestseller, The Intruder. He was a journalist for New York Magazine and wrote for such TV shows as Law & Order and Blue Bloods. He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.
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