'WONDERFUL, WITTY, VERY ORIGINAL' INDEPENDENT
Love, religion and revolution in summer, 2001 . . .
Second-generation Londoner Sami Traifi's life is in turmoil. Unsure where it went wrong – or how to put it right – he makes a brief trip to visit relatives in Damascus. But there – courtesy of a nasty family secret – things only seem to get worse.
Back home in London, the non-believer Sami must face up to his fraying marriage, his wife's decision to wear the hijab and her brother's hip-hop Islamism. And these are the least of his problems. He wants to be a good British citizen – but he's not sure what that means anymore. While the police's idea of one is certainly not his. He must ask himself: what will I do in the name of belief? And what won't I do? What do I love most?
The Road from Damascus is a brave, funny and exhilarating contemporary novel that asks questions about the choices we make and ponders how those choices not only affect us but those we love the most.
'Outstanding, fantastically enjoyable, wise and intelligent . . . reminds us how rich a good book can be' Big Issue
'Extraordinary' Sunday Telegraph
'Written with verve, imagination, intelligence . . . remarkable' Scotsman
'An eye-opener, richly evocative' Daily Mail