Author(s): Elliot Ackerman
Haris Abadi is a man in search of a cause, an Arab-American with a conflicted past trying to cross into Syria to join the fight against a tyrannical regime. On his way he meets Amir, a former Syrian revolutionary whose wife, Daphne, is beautiful and sophisticated but haunted by grief. As Haris and Daphne's individual quests bring them together, they find themselves stuck on the border between hope and helplessness, desire and duty, and past and future.Elliot Ackerman covered the Syrian Civil War for many years as a journalist, and has written a gripping, morally complex novel about the many lives intersecting on the border of Syria and Turkey, expertly capturing the brutality and pathos of a region caught in the frontlines of chaos and lawlessness.
Elliot Ackerman's fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the Atlantic, the New Republic, and the New York Times Magazine, among others, and have been included in The Best American Short Stories. He was a White House Fellow in the Obama Administration. He is the recipient of the Major General Edwin B. Wheeler Award for Infantry Excellence; and he earned a Silver Star and Purple Heart for his role in the November 2004 Battle of Fallujah, and a Bronze Star for Valor in Afghanistan in 2008.