Dark at the Crossing

Dark at the Crossing

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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"Transports readers into a world few Americans know" —Washington Post

"Promises to be one of the most essential books of 2017" —Esquire
A timely new novel of stunning humanity and tension: a contemporary love story set on the Turkish border with Syria.
Haris Abadi is a man in search of a cause. An Arab American with a conflicted past, he is now in Turkey, attempting to cross into Syria and join the fight against Bashar al-Assad's regime. But he is robbed before he can make it, and is taken in by Amir, a charismatic Syrian refugee and former revolutionary, and Amir's wife, Daphne, a sophisticated beauty haunted by grief. As it becomes clear that Daphne is also desperate to return to Syria, Haris's choices become ever more wrenching: Whose side is he really on? Is he a true radical or simply an idealist? And will he be able to bring meaning to a life of increasing frustration and helplessness? Told with compassion and a deft hand, Dark at the Crossing is an exploration of loss, of second chances, and of why we choose to believe—a trenchantly observed novel of raw urgency and power.
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group


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Oct 10, 2017

This book is not of my favorite genres. The only reason I read it is because of its being long-listed for the National Book Award. I must confess Ackerman has written a novel deserving of the award. Ackerman's experience as a journalist and Marine make him eminently suitable to tell this story. Haris Abadi is an Iraqi American who heads out to Syria to join the 'cause.' Thence emerges a tale of strife which leads him to question if he is truly an idealist or just a pragmatist. The supporting characters in the novel are strong all of which makes for good reading.

Aug 01, 2017

Insightful. Contemporary.

Apr 26, 2017

I wanted to like the book - fascinated by the timely setting and story... Found it too descriptive, but still kept trying to get through it. Unfortunately, it just didn't hold my interested, and I didn't finish it.

Mar 20, 2017

Was looking forward to this novel about people at the Turkey-Syria border, given the topical subject matter. But the characters are pathetic, rather than sympathetic, and the story is aimless and disheartening.


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