A devastating novel about queer love, broken relationships, the promises we’re unable to keep and living with the ghosts of your past
WINNER OF THE LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD FOR GAY FICTION
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 unforgiving 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.
“Contemporary, mystical, timeless … The story is so specific, yet it speaks of all love. When I finished The Foghorn Echoes, I felt that I had read a fiction which was unquestionably, undeniably true”
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“[A] sweeping and mesmerising story that spans time and mortal space so expertly and elegantly. This is a beautiful novel, written by a once hurt child and loved and deeply admired by another, me”
“Powerful and compassionate”
”The Foghorn Echoes is, fundamentally, an epic: the story of two men, two cities, and between them, love and a war”
“Hussam and Wassim will live on in your heart long after the last page. A story of a country torn apart by war and hearts broken by wars within”
Danny Ramadan is an award-winning Syrian-Canadian author, public speaker and advocate for LGBTQ+ refugees. His debut novel The Clothesline Swing won the Independent Publisher Book Award for LGBT Fiction, was shortlisted for the Evergreen Award, the Sunburst Award and the 2018 Lambda Award for Gay Fiction. Danny has received the 2017 StandOut Award for his social activism, the Bonham Centre Award for Excellency and was named among the RBC’s Top Immigrants to Canada. He lives in Vancouver with his husband.
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