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Dark at the Crossing

Fiction: Literary
Unabridged   7.75 hour(s)
Publication date: 01/24/2017

National Book Award Fiction Shortlist
Washington Post Notable Book

Dark at the Crossing

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681682921
Digital Download ISBN:9781681682938


From the author of the acclaimed Green on Blue, a timely new novel of stunning humanity and tension: a contemporary love story set on the Turkish border with Syria.

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Product Description

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.


"Vikas Adam narrates with soft tones and subtle intonation. . . . The novel includes a limited number of core characters, and Adam relishes each one." —AudioFile

"The narration of Vikas Adam transforms, through his adapt accents and considerate inflections, what could have been a depressing story into one of genuine meaning." —Library Journal Audio Review

"A fascinating and topical novel." —New York Times

"A brilliant, admirably merciless novel of broken lives, broken places, and good intentions gone awry.” —Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

"A unique and bittersweet blessing of raw grace and naked, bleeding empathy.” —Bob Shacochis, author of The Woman Who Lost Her Soul

"A riveting read. I couldn’t put it down.” —Robin Wright, author of Rock the Casbah

Author Bio

Elliot Ackerman served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and is the recipient of the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart. A former White House fellow, his essays and fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and Ecotone.