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Lebanese Dishwasher, The

by Sonia Saikaley

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publisher: Quattro Books
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Amir Radi hates washing dishes. When he left Beirut, with a tightly grasped suitcase, he hadn't expected he'd end up at a Middle-Eastern restaurant with old cooks and dirty dishes. Amir knows his immigrant dream has somehow drowned in foamy dishwater. But one night, he meets Rami and begins to feel less isolated, more hopeful, and closer to overcoming a tragic time in his childhood, something he had tried to leave in Beirut. Set in Montreal and Lebanon, The Lebanese Dishwasher tells the story of one man's struggle with his past and self-acceptance while burdened with culture and obligation.

About the Author

Sonia Saikaley was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada to a large Lebanese family. The daughter of a shopkeeper, she had access to all the treats she wanted. Her first book, The Lebanese Dishwasher, co-won the 2012 Ken Klonsky Novella Contest. Her first collection of poetry, Turkish Delight, Montreal Winter, was published in 2012 and a second collection, A Samurai's Pink House, was published in 2017 by Inanna Publications. She is currently working on a novel called Jasmine Season on Hamra Street. A graduate of the Humber School for Writers, she lives in her hometown of Ottawa. In the past, she worked as an English teacher in Japan.

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Love against the Odds

Ottawa author Sonia Saikaley has taken on, front and centre, the eternal dilemma of love overcoming social prejudice. In the Lebanese Dishwasher, two young Arab men are drawn to each other as they cope with the challenges of integration into Canadian society. The first Amir, trapped by his upbringing and childhood trauma, holds back on expressing his love. The other, Rami, buoyed by a natural self-confidence and ease with his sexual orientation, pursues his attraction to Amir. The plot escalates into dangerous repercussions as their secret unravels in Montreal's insular Arab community.

The twists of turns of a surprising plot and the depth of character of her protagonist Amir elevate the Lebanese Dishwasher to the level of universal appeal. This novel, deeply entrenched in the realism of the human condition, merits a wide readership across sexual orientation, gender and age. Kudos to Quattro Books for taking up the gauntlet in publishing this wonderful story.

Ian Shaw, Founder of Deux Voiliers Publishing

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