Nejoud Al Yagout – — Photo by Djinane Alsuwayeh

Poet, essayist, and founder of Co-Exist Kuwait Nejoud Al-Yagout is releasing her groundbreaking debut novel, set to release this fall from Luminare Press. Threading together the narratives of multiple protagonists during their journey to distinguish between their culture and their true selves, Motorbikes and Camels confronts the need for tolerance and acceptance in a society steeped in dogma.

Drawing from her own experience as a Kuwaiti as well as a soul of the universe, Al-Yagout brings a relatable and essential voice not normally seen in Middle Eastern literature. While the Kuwaiti narrative has traditionally been overlooked, Al-Yagout masterfully brings not only one worthy new voice to the table, but several through her dynamic and reflective characters.

The unique, interlaced narratives of different characters per chapter examine the individual hardships many people face in relationships and as members of a larger community. The book is available on Amazon and other online retailers. Al-Yagout is also an occasional contributor to the Kuwait Times.