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Alif the Unseen

Alif the Unseen

by G. Willow Wilson and Sara O'Keeffe

Publication Date: 06/06/2013

Justly compared to the works of Neil Gaiman, Philip Pullman, and William Gibson, Alif the Unseenis a tour-de-force, an addictive blend of classic fantasy with the 21st-century reality of imperilled young hackers in a repressive security state in the Arabian Gulf, now at a very friendly price point.
Alif is a brilliant young superhacker in an unnamed Gulf state, and his computer has just been breached. While he scrambles to protect his clients (dissidents, outlaws, Alif doesn't discriminate), he and his friends realize that they've been found by 'the Hand' -- maybe a person, maybe a program, but definitely terrifyingly powerful. Alif, with the help of his childhood friend Dina, an ancient book, and a bizarre protector who almost looks human, must find a way into the hidden world of the djinn if he has any hope of saving the world of mortal beings.
Publication Date:
Atlantic Books, Limited
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
G. Willow Wilson

Willow Wilson began her writing career at the age of 17, when she freelanced as a music and DJ critic for Boston's Weekly Dig magazine. Since then, she's written the Eisner Award-nominated comic book series Airand Mystic: The Tenth Apprentice and the graphic novel Cairo. Her first novel, Alif the Unseen, was a New York Times Notable book. It was shortlisted for the 2012 Flaherty-Dunnan Award.

G. Willow spent her early and mid twenties living in Egypt and working as a journalist. Her articles about the Middle East and modern Islam have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic Monthly and the Canada National Post. Her memoir about life in Egypt during the waning years of the Mubarak regime, The Butterfly Mosque, was named a Seattle Times Best Book of 2010.

Willow is published by Grove/Atlantic Books in the United States and Atlantic UK in the United Kingdom.

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