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A Nightwood Editions title, distributed by Harbour Publishing

ISBN 13: 978-0-88971-332-1
ISBN 10: 0-88971-332-4
5.5 x 8.5 - 288 pp
May 2017
CAD$21.95 • USD$19.95

The Clothesline Swing

Long-listed: CBC's Canada Reads (2018)
Short-listed: Lambda Literary Award, Gay Fiction category (2018)
Winner: IPPY Awards Gold Medalist (2018)
Short-listed: Ontario Library Association's Evergreen Award (2018)
Long-listed: Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic (2018)
Winner: Canadian Authors Fred Kerner Award (2018)

Book Description

The Clothesline Swing is a journey through the troublesome aftermath of the Arab Spring. A former Syrian refugee himself, Ramadan unveils an enthralling tale of courage that weaves through the mountains of Syria, the valleys of Lebanon, the encircling seas of Turkey, the heat of Egypt and finally, the hope of a new home in Canada.

Inspired by One Thousand and One Nights, The Clothesline Swing tells the epic story of two lovers anchored to the memory of a dying Syria. One is a Hakawati, a storyteller, keeping life in forward motion by relaying remembered fables to his dying partner. Each night he weaves stories of his childhood in Damascus, of the cruelty he has endured for his sexuality, of leaving home, of war, of his fated meeting with his lover. Meanwhile Death himself, in his dark cloak, shares the house with the two men, eavesdropping on their secrets as he awaits their final undoing.