The Bride of Amman

The Bride of Amman

Synopsis: The Bride of Amman, a huge and controversial bestseller when first published in Arabic, takes a sharp-eyed look at the intersecting lives of four women and one gay man in Jordan’s historic capital, Amman—a city deeply imbued with its nation’s traditions and taboos. When Rana finds herself not only falling for a man of the wrong faith, but also getting into trouble with him, where can they go to escape? Can Hayat’s secret liaisons really suppress the memories of her abusive father? When Ali is pressured by society’s homophobia into a fake heterosexual marriage, how long can he maintain the illusion? And when spinsterhood and divorce spell social catastrophe, is living a lie truly the best option for Leila? What must she do to avoid reaching her ‘expiry date’ at the age thirty like her sister Salma, Jordan’s secret blogger and a self-confessed spinster with a plot up her sleeve to defy her city’s prejudices? These five young lives come together and come apart in ways that are distinctly modern yet as unique and timeless as Amman itself. Metadata: Publication date: July 21, 2015 Print edition: 5″ x 8″ perfect bound trade paperback Page count: 250 ISBN: 978-988-12198-9-3 Price (paper): US$17.95 E-book formats: ePub, Kindle, PDF Word count: 53,000 eISBN: 978-988-12198-2-4 Price (e-book): US$7.99 Buy E-book: Amazon Smashwords Paperback:  Amazon Book Depository Blurbage: Arabic Literature (in Engish) – ArabLit.Org The Arab Observer Words Without Borders Susan Blumberg-Kason It is extremely honest of Fadi Zaghmout to lift the darkest and heaviest curtain on his society. The Bride of Amman tells of a society infested with taboos. In revealing the stories of women and men alike, and by capturing their thoughts and highlighting their tragedies whilst growing into adulthood, we learn to appreciate their sacrifices and share their struggles in an impressive bid for freedom. A very courageous debut. – Hanan Al-Shaykh, author of Women of Sand and Myrrh, The Story of Zahra, and One Thousand and One Nights Think Sex and the Citadel meets Ramadan soap: The Bride of Amman is a dramatic portrait of young men and women looking for love in a time of taboo. An  insightful and impassioned account of the high cost of social conformity—in and out of the bedroom. – Shereen El Feki, author of Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World. Fadi Zaghmout engages the full range of human emotion as he confronts head-on the destructive, corrosive effects of prejudice, tradition, and male privilege on sexuality, sexual expression, and gender identity. Charged, dynamic, and engaging, The Bride of Amman is sure to disturb and please—and to remain with readers long after they’ve finished Zaghmout’s compelling narrative of four lives...

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Firelight of a Different Colour: The Life and Times of Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing

Firelight of a Different Colour: The Life and Times of Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing

Synopsis When Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing threw himself to his death from the terrace of Hong Kong’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel in 2003, he was the greatest star of his generation in the city. A performer loved for his character as much as for his magic as an entertainer, his death sent shock waves across Asia and amongst Asian populations around the world. Despite the fact that he was openly gay, he was adored, and remains adored, by multitudes in societies where his sexual orientation remains a little-discussed taboo. Firelight of a Different Colour traces Leslie’s story from birth in 1950s Hong Kong to his death during the city’s crippling SARS epidemic. Through initial struggles to gain a foothold in TV and the nascent world of Cantopop, he achieved final success as a megastar of music and the big screen and held that position for nearly two decades. At the forefront of almost all the cultural changes Hong Kong saw during his lifetime, Leslie came to embody the unique spirit of the city. No Western performer can boast so widespread an influence across so many arts. Firelight of a Different Colour commemorates a life that continues to amaze and inspire. Metadata Imprint: Signal 8 Press Publication date: Feb. 25, 2014 Print edition: 5.5″ x 8.5″ perfect bound trade paperback Page count: 460 ISBN: 978-988-15542-6-0 Price (paper): US$19.95/HK$160 E-book formats: ePub, Kindle, PDF Word count: 111,000 eISBN: 978-988-15542-0-8 Price (e-book): US$9.99 Blurbage Exhaustively researched and beautifully written, Nigel Collett’s book is a perfectly fitting tribute to an incredible talent who was lost too soon. Essential reading for any serious student of Asian cinema or queer cinema. — Matthew Hays, author, journalist and film studies professor, Concordia University Fridae Leslie Cheung 4 Vietnam Susan Blumberg-Kason TimeOutHK Amos Lassen Malcolm’s Round Table Huffington Post South China Morning Post Asian Review of Books LGBTQNation Asian Cha Asian Review, Volume 1 – Number 1, July 2014. – Selections from April-June 2014 Author bio Nigel Collett studied history at St Peter’s College, Oxford and biography at the University of Buckingham. After serving for twenty years in the British Army, a career that culminated in the command of 6th Queen Elizabeth’s Own Gurkha Rifles, he founded the Gurkha International Group, which finds employment for Nepalese men and women, principally as crew for cruise lines. His publications include A Grammar, Phrase Book and Vocabulary of Baluchi (1984) and An English-Nepali-English Dictionary (1994). He is the author of The Butcher of Amritsar, a life of Brigadier Dyer, the perpetrator of the Amritsar massacre, published in 2005. He is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society. Buy E-books: Amazon Smashwords Paperback: Amazon Flyers                ...

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If You Fall Down Seven Times Get Up Eight: Aspects of Practice for Gay and Lesbian Buddhists by Deshi

If You Fall Down Seven Times Get Up Eight: Aspects of Practice for Gay and Lesbian Buddhists by Deshi

Summary: If You Fall Down Seven Times Get Up Eight: Aspects of Practice for Gay and Lesbian Buddhists offers both male and female, beginner and veteran a discussion of those aspects of Buddhist practice which benefit gay people and which address current issues of prejudice and homophobia. It outlines clearly and with examples why the Buddhist Dharma is suited to gay people and how it can help them deal with suffering. Price: USD 7.99, HKD 62.99 Author/Editor: Deshi Publisher: BookCyclone ISBN: 978-988-15540-8-6 Buy: Paperback: Amazon E-books: Amazon Apple Barnes & Noble...

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Six Positions

Six Positions

Summary: Written with a poet’s sense of language and the quirky voice of an outsider among outsiders, Six Positions takes the reader on a frank and entertaining international road trip of clubs, baths, and sex parties. Subtly exploring the roots of fantasy, insecurity, stereotypes, and attraction, Andy Quan emerges as plainly comfortable with himself, his body, and his identity as an Asian man in the notoriously objectifying gay community. This level of comfort shows in the slyly humorous ways he allows the issue to surface in these narratives, where pickups trawling for a passive geisha often get more than they bargained for. Whether narrating the course of a romantic encounter gone bad, detailing the goings-on at an orgy, or smashing the stereotype of the Asian boytoy, Six Positions offers fresh, thoughtful, and creative considerations of gay bodies and acts, while celebrating determined and unadulterated sexual desire. Price: USD 5.99, HKD 46.99 Author/Editor: Andy Quan Publisher: BookCyclone ISBN: 978-988-19534-8-3 Buy: Amazon Barnes & Noble...

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