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When one of Kuwait’s richest businessmen unexpectedly contacts author Taleb Alrefai, he has an unusual request: write a biographical novel that traces his ascent from poverty into the upper reaches of Kuwaiti society. As fact mixes with fiction, Alrefai is torn over whether writing such a book compromises his integrity as a writer. Alrefai is soon plunged into a world of enormous wealth, soaring ambitions, and frustrated love. It’s not only Alrefai’s reputation at stake: there are powerful people who don’t want this novel to be written, and they will stop at almost nothing to prevent it. Will Alrefai write the book? Will the forces lining up against him allow it?