The Foghorn Echoes (Hardcover)

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The Foghorn Echoes (Hardcover)

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The Foghorn Echoes is uniquely structured so readers can feel the past echoing through the lives of Hussam, who emigrates as a refugee to Canada, and Wassim, who stays in war-torn Syria, just as one can hear the echoes of a scream in the distance. Throughout chapters that alternate in perspective, Ramadan highlights the different ways one traumatic event impacts the lives of two individuals. Equal parts love story, ghost story, and meditation on the impossibility of outrunning one’s past this is one you won’t want to miss

— From David

Hussam and Wassim are teenage boys living in Syria during America's 2003 invasion of Iraq. When a surprise discovery results in tragedy, their lives, and those of their families, are shattered. Wassim promises Hussam his protection, but ten years into the future, he has failed to keep his promise. Wassim is on the streets, seeking shelter from both the city and the civil war storming his country. Meanwhile Hussam, now on the other side of the world, remains haunted by his own ghosts, doing his utmost to drown them out with every vice imaginable.

Split between war-torn Damascus and Vancouver, The Foghorn Echoes is a tragic love story about coping with shared traumatic experience and devastating separation. As Hussam and Wassim come to terms with the past, they begin to realise the secret that haunts them is not the only secret that formed them.
Danny Ramadan is an award-winning Syrian-Canadian author, public speaker, storyteller and LGBTQ-refugee activist. His debut novel The Clothesline Swing won the Independent Publisher Book Award for Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans Fiction, was shortlisted for the Evergreen Award and the Sunburst Award and was named as a finalist for the Gay Fiction Category in the Lambda Awards. He is also the author of a children's picture book, Salma the Syrian Chef. Danny also translated Raif Badawi's 1000 Lashes: Because I Say What I Think and has published two collections of short stories in Arabic. He was awarded the StandOut Award for his social activism, the 2018 RBC's Top Immigrant in Canada award, and the Bonham Centre Award for Excellency. He lives in Vancouver with his husband. @TheDannyRamadan dannyramadan.com
Product Details ISBN: 9781838854652
ISBN-10: 1838854657
Publisher: Canongate Books
Publication Date: November 8th, 2022
Pages: 288
Language: English