A Series of Misfortunes Befalls Him

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Author Jamal Jumah weaves a poignant fiction on the imperfection of human nature.

In the end, man is destined to take nothing more than what he is born with. This is the driving force behind author Jamal Jumah’s new book, The Artistic Visage of Dalia. This engaging fiction follows a search for becoming more conscious of one’s existence and for some reason to live, while being run down by love, hope, hate, injustice, and pain. It speaks of passions, suffering, forgiveness, weakness, and more.

Ten years ago, Idris Sulayman immigrated to America. Now, he decides to leave his day job and set himself up as a building contractor. In his search for work, he meets Pierre, a Haitian contractor, and his worker, Pascal Charlot (who is actually a real-life character killed by the Beltway Sniper). Pierre and Pascal introduce him to Orkun Tecer and his divorced daughter, Dalia, who’s a music teacher. Idris falls in love with Dalia. They become intimate and soon, she becomes pregnant. She gives birth to twin boys. Idris discovers that Dalia is still married to Zeren, who lives in California. Even with this knowledge, they still continue to live under the same roof. Meanwhile, Idris is seduced by Reema, wife of Abel, who was previously employed by Idris.

One day, Zeren arrives at Idris’s house and forces his way in. He sexually assaults Dalia in the kitchen, but he is accidentally killed when Dalia is trying to set herself free. While she is on bail, she marries Idris. Her sentence is given and she spends ten months in prison. By this time, Idris impregnates Reema and she delivers a boy, Joseph. While Dalia is in jail, Reema moves in with Idris. She looks after the three children but when a devastating fire breaks out, she and the twins die in that tragedy.

Idris is obliged to leave the country to claim his patrimony after the death of his father and brother in the Holy Land. He is detained there for further investigation on his being a political activist thirteen years prior. He is imprisoned for four months before finally returning to the States, where another series of heartrending events ensues. Why has this all happened to him? Readers will soon find out if his misfortunes ever end when they follow his story.

The Artistic Visage of Dalia will be featured at the 2010 Frankfurt International Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany, which will run October 06-10, 2010. Readers who wish to learn more about this book can log on to Xlibris.com.

About the Author
Jamal Jumah was born in 1964 in a town some miles away from Jerusalem, the Holy Land, where he attended two universities and the Institute of Fine Arts of Ramallah, and then spent a year in the Canary Islands. After having immigrated to the United States in 1987, he was further educated and received six trade masters. He lives with his wife in Springfield, Virginia, and is the father of three sons and a daughter.

The Artistic Visage of Dalia * by Jamal S. Jumah
Publication Date: July 2, 2010
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 175 pages; 978-1-4500-7401-8
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 175 pages; 978-1-4500-7402-5
e-Book; $9.99; 978-1-4500-7403-2

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