Umair Naeem released his second novel ‘The Runaway’, published by Tara-India Research Press, at a book launch event at Liberty Books Karachi.
The launch was moderated by Yusra Askari, a print and broadcast journalist.
The Runaway, a drama novel set in Pakistan, is a narrative of four individuals from different walks of life, brought together in their search for hope and redemption in the midst of a whirlpool of hate.
The main characters of the book are Sarmad, a man driven by vengeance, Kashan, a self-proclaimed intellectual Karachiite, Nilofer a fiercely independent single mother determined to fight for her child and Falak Sher, a criminal on the lookout for opportunities to profit.
The lives of these four individuals crisscross in The Runaway; as Sarmad hunts for what he hopes will be the catharsis to his past, Kashan wonders if he can ever fall in love again, Nilofer tries to convince herself that she is as strong as she lets on for the world and Falak finds ways to summon power and control his destiny.
Umair Naeem shares, “The Runaway is a story of how lives change. Highlighting the dichotomy in Pakistan, the novel explores overlapping parallels between the hopes and dreams of the urban elite and the rural middle class. It’s a story of how tragedies can become turning points to define the future, and how the faithful and the faithless can find or lose their ways because of the past.”
Umair Naeem is a Karachi based author and has taught creative writing, engaged in storytelling for Toffee TV and written for a variety of print and online publications including Interbrand’s Brand Channel, CIO Pakistan, DAWN’s Aurora and Images and Chowk.com.
The Runaway is Naeem’s second novel. His first novel was released in 2010, titled Drowning Shadows.
‘The Runaway’ is available at all leading stores in Pakistan & India as well as on Amazon.