A Creative Collaboration of Two Lives, Resulting in a Story of Destiny

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M. Hassan Alief’s biographical fiction to be featured at the 2011 BookExpo America

From author M. Hassan Alief comes a book that tells a tale of separation and reunion. Released through Xlibris, Stuart My Brother is inspired by true events made fictional through a shocking twist that will capture readers’ interest.

The author’s idea of creating this ‘biographical fiction’ started when a friend, Tom Abbott, tapped him on his shoulders and called him Stu. He said they both look alike, even from the back of the head. Both members of the Optimist Club in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, Stuart Lovelace and the author already considered themselves as brothers—but the thought of being blood brothers never crossed their minds. The author mulled over that and thought it might be fun to write. He talked the idea over with Stu and together began revisiting the details of their past, exploring how they might be connected with each other. This book is the product of that endeavor.

Stuart My Brother details fictitious events of how the family of Stu moved to Afghanistan when he was just a little boy, and how the author was truly kidnapped from his family when he was barely two years old. In reality, the author was found by his natural parents. In this book, however, he creates the fictional story of how both he and Stu found each other after years of separation, and discovered that they are indeed brothers.

Alief invites readers to follow this creative collaboration of two lives, resulting in a story of destiny and an unbreakable bond of brothers—may they be blood-related or not.

This book will be featured at BookExpo America in New York City, NY on May 26-28, 2011. For more information on Stuart My Brother, interested parties may log on to http://www.Xlibris.com.

About the Author
Mohammed Hassan Alief was born in Khanabad, northern Afghanistan, and spent his early life there. When he was seven years old, due to a major flood in Khanabad, the family moved to Kabul where he went to school and graduated at the top of his class from Habibia High School. He received a scholarship from the Afghan government to study geological engineering in the United States. After completing his Master’s Degree and marrying Teresa Ramirez of Pueblo, Colorado, he and Teresa returned to Afghanistan where he worked at the Ministry of Mines for four years, including a year in the Afghan Reserve Officers’ Training School, he returned to US and started working for Homestake Mining Company and later for Chevron. Teresa and Hassan, as he likes to be called, have two children, Wally Hassan Alief and Leila Alief Thomas.

Through the fifty years of his work, he has written many technical reports for his employers and other companies. This is the first time that he has tackled writing a biographical novel. When in Afghanistan, he wrote many articles for the local papers and magazines. He also translated and expanded the book Oil for the World by Stewart Schackne and D’Arcy Drake.

Presently, Hassan works as a consulting geologist. Teresa and Hassan live in Lakewood, Colorado.

Stuart My Brother * by M. Hassan Alief
Publication Date: November 29, 2010
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 190 pages; 978-1-4568-0024-6
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 190 pages; 978-1-4568-0025-3
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4568-0026-0

Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (610) 915-0294 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7879.

For more information on self-publishing or marketing with Xlibris, visit http://www.Xlibris.com. To receive a free publishing guide, please call (888) 795-4274.

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