Lifted by the Great Nothing

Lifted by the Great Nothing

by Karim Dimechkie

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Overview

Max lives with his father, Rasheed, and doesn't remember his mother, who was murdered by burglars before father and son were forced from Beirut to New Jersey. Rasheed is enamored of his idea of American culture—baseball and barbecues—and has tried to shed his Lebanese heritage completely: "When we are in America," Reed (for he goes by Reed in America, not Rasheed) tells Max, "we are Americans."

Rasheed has a single purpose in life: to provide Max with a joyful childhood. But sometimes his efforts do more harm than good, and when Max is seventeen, he discovers that his father has been lying to him—about everything—and their peaceful universe is destroyed. Max ventures on an uncertain mission to Beirut to find what he hadn't known was lost.

Lifted by the Great Nothing is a graceful book about the lengths we go to preserve the untruths we live by. With poignant relationships, unsettling misadventures, and surprising love stories, the novel is a touching and devastating portrait of a young man coming to terms with his country's—and his own—violent past.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632860583
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 05/19/2015
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Karim Dimechkie was a Michener Fellow and before that he taught English in Paris. This is his first book. He lives in New York City.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful journey of young love, devotion and abandonment.   Lifted by the Great Nothing is a wonderful journey touching on domestic race and immigrant relations and international politics, individual abandonment and collective caring, selfishness and generosity, truth that hurts and secrets that protect, violently truncated family and unusual friendships, love and sex, a maturing adolescent dealing with separation, old age, dementia and death...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lifted by the Great Nothing is a captivating story that draws you in with suspense, humor and humanity. The narrative is up close and personal with interesting but ultimately flawed characters which kept me emotionally engaged. A wide-ranging journey of an adolescent immigrant careening towards adulthood and the truth that is carefully hidden from him. An excellent debut novel from an engaging, mature, and emotionally attuned young author. A great read. I am looking forward to his next novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So great! A must must must read. A really surprisingly good first novel. 
MarionD More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to like this book, and I did! It touches on so many complex themes with just the right mix of humour and gravity. The story moves across contexts and cultures in unexpected ways without losing sight of universal themes of trust and love.  Well worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This books is highly imaginative, moving, and hilarious. What a terrific story! I can't recommend it highly enough! Do yourselves a favor and dig in!