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Rarity of the Century by Fawzy Zablah

Tiny TOE Press
rarity of the century


a novel
182 pages
handpressed w/ handprinted cover
Fawzy Zablah

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Rarity of the Century
ebook (Amazon)


Chucho, an aimless tramp of Palestinian/Latino decent, has reached a lull in his young adult life that he surmises is directly linked to a long ago, barely spoken of family tragedy that left him an orphan.
After a brief stint and stellar downfall in the fetish porn industry, he is forced to move back home with his flamboyant uncle in South Beach and get a job at a Brazilian steak house. Just as he is getting used to his new position in life, he falls for the hostess, Shiraz Zirel, who first torments him via her unattainable beauty and then by ignoring him.

Frustrated with Shiraz, Chucho decides to give up on love. But when a Rapture event of unknown origins occurs over all of South Florida, Chucho and Shiraz find that they are the sole survivors. In fact, Chucho realizes with new-found excitement, they may be the last two people on Earth.

Can they be together? Are they fated for love? And what is that strange thing in the sky over South Beach anyway? As the star-crossed lovers journey to investigate the inexplicable phenomenon, they encounter a mysterious, yet familiar third survivor who will force them into a fight for their lives.

Rarity of the Century is a modern apocalyptic thriller told through different perspectives that begins as a coming of age story about a lonely young man looking for love but eventually turns into a more complex narrative about solitude and the never ending search for connection.



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“Fawzy Zablah is smart as hell and his writing connects what others miss. He puts Miami on the map the way Noah Cicero does Youngstown, OH — as a blighted pit where only your wits can save you.”
-Ned Vizzini, author of It’s Kind of a Funny Story

“Sweeps you up.”
-Noah Cicero, author of The Human War

“Zablah’s prose is frequently lyrical…the writing is sound, the setting is intriguing, and the author manages to make this familiar premise seem fresh.”


Fawzy Zablah was born in El Salvador in 1976. His short stories have appeared in numerous online lit journals, including The Acentos Review, 3AM Magazine, Red Fez, and MuslimWakeUp.com. He is the author of the short story collection Ciao! Miami. Rarity of the Century is his first novel. His short story This Modern Man is Beat (Acentos Review, Feb. 2011) has just been adapted into a short film by screenwriter David Schroeder and directed by Alex Merkin. He lives in South Florida.

Follow him on twitter @fawzy_zablah

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