Afghani flight to freedom

Shahnaz Qayumi (left) writes about the aftermath of the Russian withdrawal from Afghanistan in 1989 and details life under Taliban rule for young readers in her latest novel.FULL STORY


War and friendship

November 15th, 2022

Stewart Goodings, chairman of the Denman Island Writers Festival has released his debut novel, My Friend, My Enemy (FriesenPress $23) about two childhood friends reconnecting as adults many years later. Nadezhda and Alla had spent their childhood summers together near the Caspian Sea, becoming “almost sisters.” Fate re-united them twenty years later but by then Alla had lost family in the Russia-Chechnya war and had secretly been recruited for a revenge mission. In the beginning, Nadezhda did not know any of this even though she was sharing a Moscow apartment with her long-lost friend. As they find their lives entwined in unexpected ways, the question arises, can a friend also be an enemy? Through Nadezhda and Alla’s exposure to the limits and sacrifices of friendship, Goodings explores the impact of secrets, family losses and terrorist misadventures. 9781039153929

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