BEIRUT: Turning Point Books will be holding a gathering of local literati Thursday for the launch of new novel "The Complete Opposite of Everything" by Nour Abou Fayad at the Home Sweet Home Cafe, Oct 10, Mar Mikhael.
The novel is the story of two star-crossed university students, Adam and Yasmin, whose lives collide one day in a Beirut coffee shop.
[Yasmin’s] eyes caught a glimpse of a familiar face disappearing from behind the window and walking into the café. She turned to see the boy… His eyes were still shifting around, and his body was stiffer than the table in front of him….. ‘Hi,’ she said, in the friendliest voice she could manage….
“H-Hi,” he stuttered out.
“I’ve seen you down at the clinic,” she said, and immediately regretted it because his eyes widened, and he fidgeted in his seat. He didn’t want anyone to know. And she knew. And she was saying it in public….
“I’m Yasmin, by the way.”
“Nice to meet you, Adam,” she said with a smile. He gave a couple of small nods and then pulled out a text book, opened it, and started reading. So she did the same.
They didn’t say anything or look at each for a long time.
Thus their friendship begins.
Adam is a young man who never gets scared, and doesn’t cry. But, lately he can’t stop crying and his anxiety is reaching alarming levels.
His friend Rami, who wants to party all the time, is no help. When he meets Yasmin, reconnecting with her roots in Lebanon, he is offered a life-line. Yasmin is living with General Anxiety Disorder, and understands what Adam is going through, even when he doesn’t.
But can two people, both with minds that they can't fully trust, stay together? Sometimes things are, as the title notes "The Complete Opposite of Everything."
Charlotte Hamaoui, Managing Director of the publisher Turning Point told Annahar, “levels of student depression, anxiety and stress are at an all-time high. Shining a light on this reality is vitally important and we need to debunk the stigma surrounding mental health. The fact that the writer, Nour Abou Fayad, is a mental illness survivor, battling anxiety from the age of 21, adds a layer of authenticity to the novel.”
The author noted, “This book had to be written, especially for Lebanon and the Middle East. When it all began for me, I researched and researched and I barely found anyone speaking out about it here. I truly believed I was the only person to have a mental illness and I never want anyone to feel as lonely, as afraid, and as lost as I did. I had to write it, not because I’m brave, but because I knew it was a duty,”
The launch date coincides with International Mental Health Day.
About the Author
Nour Abou Fayad is an NDU graduate finalizing a Master’s degree in English Literature. She is an outspoken mental health advocate, using her social media platforms to raise awareness and break the stigma surrounding mental illness. @completeoppositeofeverything, @nourinwonderland
About the Publisher
Turning Point is a boutique publishing house specializing in novels, humor titles, empowering self-help books, coffee table books, colorful children’s books, and practical Lebanese guides. Its titles can be found in major bookstores in Lebanon, Dubai, and London, or online via Amazon and Antoine online.
Turning Point recently released Wander Beirut, a useful, illustrated, pocket-size book that acts as practical guide to the fabled city for visitors and city veterans alike.
Book launch event kicks-off at 6:30 pm, Thursday.
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