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I'm in Seattle, Where Are You?

I'm in Seattle, Where Are You?: A Memoir

Mortada Gzar (Author)

Nonfiction

Edition published in 2021 in English language

Longlisted for the PEN Translation Prize. An award-winning Iraqi writer creates a new world for himself in Seattle in search of lost love. As the US occupation of Iraq rages, novelist Mortada Gzar, a student at the University of Baghdad, has a chance encounter with Morise, an African American soldier. Itโ€™s love at first sight, a threat to them both, and a moment of self-discovery. Challenged by societyโ€™s rejection and Moriseโ€™s return to the US, Mortada takes to the page to understand himself. In his deeply affecting memoir, Mortada interweaves tales of his childhood work as a scrap-metal collector in a war zone and the indignities faced by openly gay artists in Iraq with his impossible love story and journey to the US. Marginalized by his own society, he is surprised to discover the racism he finds in a new one. At its heart, Iโ€™m in Seattle, Where Are You? is a moving tale of love and resilience.

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