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A debut novel that tells the story of Rasa, a young gay man coming of age in the Middle East

Set over the course of twenty-four hours, Guapa follows Rasa, a gay man living in an unnamed Arab country, as he tries to carve out a life for himself in the midst of political and social upheaval. Rasa spends his days translating for Western journalists and pining for the nights when he can sneak his lover, Taymour, into his room. One night Rasa's grandmother -- the woman who raised him -- catches them in bed together. The following day Rasa is consumed by the search for his best friend Maj, a fiery activist and drag queen star of the underground bar, Guapa, who has been arrested by the police. Ashamed to go home and face his grandmother, and reeling from the potential loss of the three most important people in his life, Rasa roams the city's slums and prisons, the lavish weddings of the country's elite, and the bars where outcasts and intellectuals drink to a long-lost revolution. Each new encounter leads him closer to confronting his own identity, as he revisits his childhood and probes the secrets that haunt his family. As Rasa confronts the simultaneous collapse of political hope and his closest personal relationships, he is forced to discover the roots of his alienation and try to re-emerge into a society that may never accept him.
Publisher: New York : Other Press, [2016]
ISBN: 9781590517703
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Mar 30, 2018

Guapa is a fascinating, moving and powerful read telling the story of Rasa who struggles to come to terms with who he is and who he wants to be while trying to find his place in Arab society. It gives insight into the experience of being marginalized as a homosexual in a culture that doesn't recognize the western construct of a "gay identity". The background of the story encompasses his involvement the Arab Spring and being a student in the US during 9/11. Debut novel, hopefully there will be more to follow.

Aug 16, 2016

An interesting read, I'm glad that I recommended the library buy it. It was a better ending than most tragic gay stories.

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