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ISBN-10: 1324001747
ISBN-13: 9781324001744
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date: 01/10/2023
Dimensions: 8.51" L, 5.84" W, 1.15" H

Ghost Season

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Overview

A mysterious burnt corpse appears one morning in Saraaya, a remote border town between northern and southern Sudan. For five strangers on an NGO compound, the discovery foreshadows trouble to come. South Sudanese translator William connects the corpse to the sudden disappearance of cook Layla, a northern nomad with whom he’s fallen in love. Meanwhile, Sudanese American filmmaker Dena struggles to connect to her unfamiliar homeland, and white midwestern aid worker Alex finds his plans thwarted by a changing climate and looming civil war. Dancing between the adults is Mustafa, a clever, endearing twelve-year-old, whose schemes to rise out of poverty set off cataclysmic events on the compound.

Amid the paradoxes of identity, art, humanitarian aid, and a territory riven by conflict, William, Layla, Dena, Alex, and Mustafa must forge bonds stronger than blood or identity. Weaving a sweeping history of the breakup of Sudan into the lives of these captivating characters, Fatin Abbas explores the porous and perilous nature of borders–whether they be national, ethnic, or religious–and the profound consequences for those who cross them. Ghost Season is a gripping, vivid debut that announces Abbas as a powerful new voice in fiction.

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Ghost Season travels that narrow road between austere and gut-wrenching, and does it with incomparable grace. From the first words of this gorgeous novel to the last, Fatin Abbas holds us spellbound, immersed in the lives and the world that unfold in its pages. Beyond the debris of war and displacement, she reminds us, rests something else that can never be truly extinguished: hope.–Maaza Mengiste, Booker Prize-shortlisted author of The Shadow King
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Details

ISBN-10: 1324001747
ISBN-13: 9781324001744
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date: 01/10/2023
Dimensions: 8.51" L, 5.84" W, 1.15" H
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