The Garden District Book Shop hosts the national release of renowned local author Louis Edwards’ latest book, Ramadan Ramsey: A Novel.
After a twenty-year absence from the literary scene, Guggenheim Fellowship and Whiting Award winning novelist Edwards returns with an all at once tender, heartbreaking, and triumphant story that uncovers the complexity of the modern family, and of finding home not in a certain city or place, but in the people you call family.
The event will begin at 6:00 PM with a welcome reception followed by a moderated discussion between author Louis Edwards and The Garden District Book Shop co-owner Christopher Tidmore. The discussion will be followed by a short reading, Q&A and book signing.
The story begins in 1999 with the moving (and funny) teenage love story of Alicia Ramsey, a native New Orleans African American young woman, and Mustafa Totah, a Syrian immigrant who works in her neighborhood at his uncle’s convenience store. Through a series of familial betrayals, Mustafa returns to Syria unaware that Alicia is carrying his child.
When the baby is born, Alicia names their son Ramadan and raises him with the help of her mother, Mama Joon. However, tragedy strikes when the epochal hurricane of 2005 barrels into New Orleans, shattering both the Ramsey and Totah families. Years later, when Ramadan turns twelve, he sets off to find Mustafa. It is an odyssey filled with breathtaking and brilliant adventures that takes Ramadan from the familiar world of New Orleans to Istanbul, and finally Aleppo, Syria, where he hopes to unite with the father he has never known.