Guapa

Guapa

Book - 2016
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In a novel set over the course of 24 hours, Rasa, a gay man living in an unnamed Arab country, is caught in bed with another man by his grandmother, the woman who raised him, and roams the city, trying to carve out a life for himself in the midst of political and social upheaval.
Publisher: New York : Other Press, 2016.
ISBN: 9781590517697
1590517695
Branch Call Number: FIC HADDAD, SALEEM
Characteristics: 358 pages ; 21 cm

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gauchetal
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.

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earlosatrun
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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