Wave Goodbye to Muhammad

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About the author:
Doug McGuinn was born in Spindale, North Carolina, a small town nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. When Doug was five years old, his father quit his job in the cotton mill and became an Air Force cook. For the next fourteen years, Doug lived the vagabond life of an Air Force dependent, calling South Carolina, Libya, Louisiana, Hawaii, and Oklahoma home. Among the places Doug has lived is Tripoli, Libya (1955-58), where his father was stationed at Wheelus Air Base. Doug still keeps up with some of his Libyan friends via the Internet. Doug and his wife, Cinda, moved to Boone, North Carolina, on the Bicentennial, July 4, 1976, and have lived there ever since.
After attending twelve different schools, Doug graduated from Leilehua High School in Wahiawa, Hawaii. Doug attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, where he received his B.A. and M.A. degrees.
Doug has worked as a pineapple picker, a crisis-intervention counselor, a drug counselor, a group-home teaching parent, a television repairman, and a community college instructor. Doug has written and published thirteen books (six fiction; seven non-fiction). He is now retired, which means that he can devote more time to writing.
Doug and Cinda have one son, Davie, who recently graduated from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee. Doug and Cinda's eldest son, Jamie (may God bless his soul), was killed in a motorcycle accident in 2006 at the age of twenty-three.

Wave Goodbye to Muhammad

Authored by Doug McGuinn
Edition: First Edition

WAVE GOODBYE TO MUHAMMAD is set in Libya in late 1956 and early 1957. Like today, many of the North African and Middle Eastern countries were in turmoil. Egypt, to the east of Libya, had a new president, Gamal Abdel Nasser, who wanted to nationalize the Suez Canal, and, to Libya's west, the French were indiscriminately killing Algerian Arabs. In Libya itself, many of the Libyans were demanding the closure of Wheelus Air Base, a sprawling American air force base located a few miles outside of Tripoli.

During the time period the novel takes place, Libya is undergoing great changes - going from being one of the poorest countries in the world to one of the richest. The main reason for this tumultuous change? The discovery of oil underneath the Sahara. Not only is Libya's fate determined by an inhospitable desert, but also by inhospitable politics.

The main characters are Wilma Rodgers, the eleven-year-old daughter of S/Sgt. Sam Rodgers, a cook at the NCO messhall at Wheelus Air Base, and eleven-year-old Leila bint Jamal al-Rihan, the cousin of Muhammad ibn Wadi al-Rihan, the Rodgerses' houseboy and brother of Younis ibn Wadi al-Rihan. Younis is the editor of LIBYA AL-HURRA (FREE LIBYA) and president of the pro-Nasser Literary Society, which meets at the Bani Hilal Bookshop, across from the Rodgerses' apartment on Mizran Street.

Despite their vastly different worldviews - Wilma, an American, who lives in Tripoli's New City; Leila, a Libyan, who lives in Tripoli's Old City - Wilma and Leila become best of friends. Also, despite the political turmoil in Libya and its surrounding countries, Wilma, Leila, et al. try to live as normal lives as possible, sometimes a daunting task, to say the least. "A sense of fairness, and not liking a bully picking on someone weaker - it seemed to be universal. At least among children. Grownups, now that was a different story!"

Other characters include boy-crazy Libby Ann Smith, who is also eleven years old and whose father is a cook at the Officers' Open Mess; Georgette Westley, the eleven-year-old rebellious daughter of Col. George Westley, the commander of Wheelus Air Base; and Martin Montgomery, the twelve-year-old son of Capt. Nigel Montgomery, who is with the British army's 10th. Armoured Division Signal Regiment in Tripoli.

Although many of the characters are young adults, WAVE GOODBYE TO MUHAMMAD is written to appeal to readers regardless of their ages.


"I was hooked by the intro. Excellent writing - it really flows." - Amazon Editor Reviewer #1

"The historical anchoring with the political details of the time period was very well done." - Amazon Editor Reviewer #2

Publication Date:
1484004914 / 9781484004913
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Historical / General

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