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The Wrong End of the Telescope

(2021)
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By National Book Award and the National Book Critics' Circle Award finalist for An Unnecessary Woman, Rabih Alameddine, comes a transporting new novel about an Arab American trans woman's journey among Syrian refugees on Lesbos island.

Mina Simpson, a Lebanese doctor, arrives at the infamous Moria refugee camp on Lesbos, Greece, after being urgently summoned for help by her friend who runs an NGO there. Alienated from her family except for her beloved brother, Mina has avoided being so close to her homeland for decades. But with a week off work and apart from her wife of thirty years, Mina hopes to accomplish something meaningful, among the abundance of Western volunteers who pose for selfies with beached dinghies and the camp's children. Soon, a boat crosses bringing Sumaiya, a fiercely resolute Syrian matriarch with terminal liver cancer. Determined to protect her children and husband at all costs, Sumaiya refuses to alert her family to her diagnosis. Bonded together by Sumaiya's secret, a deep connection sparks between the two women, and as Mina prepares a course of treatment with the limited resources on hand, she confronts the circumstances of the migrants' displacement, as well as her own constraints in helping them.

Not since the inimitable Aaliya of An Unnecessary Woman has Rabih Alameddine conjured such a winsome heroine to lead us to one of the most wrenching conflicts of our time. Cunningly weaving in stories of other refugees into Mina's singular own, The Wrong End of the Telescope is a bedazzling tapestry of both tragic and amusing portraits of indomitable spirits facing a humanitarian crisis.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Rabih Alameddine is a master of both the intimate and the global — and The Wrong End of the Telescope finds him at the top of his craft. A story of rescue, identity, deracination, and connection, this novel is timely and urgent and a lot of fun." - Rebecca Makkai

"The Wrong End of the Telescope is the best kind of prose. Lines break out like poetry and the story muscles on, telling. The setting is real history which I’m hungry for and Rabih Alameddine queers it handsomely with all kinds of love and a feeling that existence is pure experience, not language at all and the shape of this book, right up to the end, is a becoming." - Eileen Myles


Used availability for Rabih Alameddine's The Wrong End of the Telescope

Hardback Editions

September 2021 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Wrong End of the Telescope
Author(s): Rabih Alameddine
ISBN: 1-4721-5611-0 / 978-1-4721-5611-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corsair
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September 2021 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Wrong End of the Telescope
Author(s): Rabih Alameddine
ISBN: 0-8021-5780-7 / 978-0-8021-5780-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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Paperback Editions

May 2022 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Wrong End of the Telescope
Author(s): Rabih Alameddine
ISBN: 1-4721-5612-9 / 978-1-4721-5612-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corsair
Availability: Amazon UK   


August 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Wrong End of the Telescope
Author(s): Rabih Alameddine
ISBN: 1-4721-5610-2 / 978-1-4721-5610-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corsair
Availability: Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

November 2021 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Wrong End of the Telescope
Author(s): Rabih Alameddine
ISBN: 1-71365-645-0 / 978-1-71365-645-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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Kindle Editions

September 2021 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Wrong End of the Telescope
Author(s): Rabih Alameddine
Publisher: Grove Press
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September 2021 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: The Wrong End of the Telescope
Author(s): Rabih Alameddine
Publisher: Corsair
Availability: Amazon AU