By Rabih Alameddine
“Daring, fantastic . . . a tricky, humorous, heart-breaking book."—Seattle Times
“[A] fresh assertion of honesty and patience ...funny, courageous choked with middle and keen to claim issues approximately struggle and affliction, sexual and cultural politics that experience hardly been acknowledged so boldly or without delay before."—The Sunday Oregonian
When nationwide e-book Award and nationwide ebook Critics Circle finalist Rabih Alameddine's astounding literary debut Koolaids first released it garnered exuberant compliment from Amy Tan, Rick Wallach, and Sarah Schulman, between others. Detailing the effect of the AIDS epidemic and the Lebanese civil conflict in Beirut on a circle of family and friends throughout the eighties and nineties, Koolaids mines the chaos of latest event, telling the tales of characters who can now not love or imagine other than in fragments. Clips, quips, vignettes and hallucinations, tragic information reviews and hilarious brief performs, conversations with either the short and the useless, all shine their mixed lighting fixtures to bare the best way we adventure lifestyles at the present time during this bold debut from bestselling and acclaimed writer Rabih Alameddine.
“Rabih Alameddine is one infrequent author who not just breaks our hearts yet provides each damaged piece a brand new life."—Yiyun Li
“Rabih Alameddine is one our such a lot bold writers—daring now not within the reasonable feel of lurid or racy, yet as a health practitioner, a thinker, an explorer, or a dancer."—Michael Chabon
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