Guapa

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A gay man in the Middle East wrestles with identity, love, and the upheaval of his country in this “vibrant, wrenching debut novel” (New Yorker).

. . . challenges the notion of what a ‘conventional’ love story should look like . . . As one of few queer novels with an Arab protagonist, it should not be overlooked.” —Lambda Literary

Set over the course of 24 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 his best friend Maj—a fiery activist and drag queen star of the underground bar, Guapa—has been arrested by the police. Ashamed to go home and face his grandmother, and reeling from the potential loss of the 3 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.

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Readers' opinions about Guapa by Saleem Haddad

The themes of resilience and hope resonated deeply with me. This book taught me valuable life lessons that I'll carry with me for years to come.

The plot was incredibly well-crafted, with twists and turns that kept me hooked until the very last page. It was impossible to predict what would happen next.

This is a book I'll cherish and recommend to everyone. It touched my soul and made me reflect on life's profound mysteries.

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