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Koolaids

Rabih Alameddine

Paperback

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Other Editions of This Title:
MP3 CD (9/15/2015)
Paperback (7/1/1999)
Hardcover (4/1/1998)

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"Daring, dazzling . . . a tough, funny, heart-breaking book." --Seattle Times

" A] refreshing statement of honesty and endurance ...funny, brave full of heart and willing to say things about war and disease, sexual and cultural politics that have rarely been said so boldly or directly before." --The Sunday Oregonian

When National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle finalist Rabih Alameddine's dazzling literary debut Koolaids first published it garnered exuberant praise from Amy Tan, Rick Wallach, and Sarah Schulman, among others. Detailing the impact of the AIDS epidemic and the Lebanese civil war in Beirut on a circle of friends and family during the eighties and nineties, Koolaids mines the chaos of contemporary experience, telling the stories of characters who can no longer love or think except in fragments. Clips, quips, vignettes and hallucinations, tragic news reports and hilarious short plays, conversations with both the quick and the dead, all shine their combined lights to reveal the way we experience life today in this ambitious debut from bestselling and acclaimed author Rabih Alameddine.

"Rabih Alameddine is one rare writer who not only breaks our hearts but gives every broken piece a new life." --Yiyun Li

"Rabih Alameddine is one our most daring writers--daring not in the cheap sense of lurid or racy, but as a surgeon, a philosopher, an explorer, or a dancer." --Michael Chabon


Grove Press, 9780802124142, 256pp.

Publication Date: September 15, 2015



About the Author

RABIH ALAMEDDINE is the author of the novels An Unnecessary Woman; I, the Divine; Koolaids; The Hakawati; and the story collection, The Perv. In 2019, he won the Dos Passos Prize.