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An award-winning Iraqi writer creates a new world for himself in Seattle in search of lost love.

As the US occupation of Iraq rages, novelist Mortada Gzar, a student at the University of Baghdad, has a chance encounter with Morise, an African American soldier. It’s love at first sight, a threat to them both, and a moment of self-discovery. Challenged by society’s rejection and Morise’s return to the US, Mortada takes to the page to understand himself. 

In his deeply affecting memoir, Mortada interweaves tales of his childhood work as a scrap-metal collector in a war zone and the indignities faced by openly gay artists in Iraq with his impossible love story and journey to the US. Marginalized by his own society, he is surprised to discover the racism he finds in a new one. At its heart, I’m in Seattle, Where Are You? is a moving tale of love and resilience.

©2021 Mortada Gzar. Translation © 2021 by William Hutchins. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • 2021-04-27

A glimpse into a life and love beyond imagination

A circuitous memoir, very deep and moving . I'm so glad I stuck with it

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  • 2021-04-22

Review: I’m In Seattle, Where are you?

Interesting: the trials and successes of a gay male.
The reader was a little difficult to understand at times— not sure it was the author— don’t think so— as an interpreter of the book is listed.
I would like to have seen Mortazda find his American friend in Seattle— that’s life— it doesn’t always turn out the way you would like.
I’m assuming this is a true to life story but fiction never the less.
Overall, well written.