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    Jason Makansi

ISBN: 9781943075423

The Moment Before

by: Jason Makansi

A woman and her beloved Syrian father, separated forty years earlier when he is swept up in a geopolitical odyssey from hell, are almost reunited by a lawyer struggling to save his Illinois hometown from financial ruin.

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Jason Makansi, author of four non-fiction books relating to business, energy/environmental issues, and mathematical modeling, has published short stories in a variety of literary journals and collections, including Big Muddy, Dos Passos Review, Lost River, Marginalia, Mizna: Prose, Poetry, and Art Exploring Arab America, St. Louis Noir (Akashic Publishing Group), Noir@bar Volume II, London Journal of Fiction, Rainbow Curve, and Arabesques. He is a 2009 alumnus of the Sewanee Writers Conference, reviewed short story collections for The Short Review for many years, and is currently a contributing editor for River Styx literary journal and Associate Editor for December literary magazine. In his spare time, he plays the viola in community orchestras, plays piano for fun, and rides his bike as often as he can.
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A woman and her beloved Syrian father, separated forty years earlier when he is swept up in a geopolitical odyssey from hell, are almost reunited by a lawyer struggling to save his Illinois hometown from financial ruin.

Tricked by a Syrian priest working for the FBI, and betrayed by his wife, Elias Haddad leaves his daughter Cheryl Halia for what he believes is a short trip home to Syria to visit his dying father. Largely ignorant of Middle East politics, Elias is detained upon arrival in Damascus and conscripted into Assad’s army, beginning a forty-year geopolitical odyssey from hell which culminates in his captivity in Guantanamo during America’s post 9/11 War on Terror. In her search for her father, Cheryl meets John Veranda, an idealistic small-town lawyer who sacrifices his family’s land, his marriage, and his aspirations for his town to help reunite Cheryl with her father. Ultimately, the enduring love between a father and a daughter prevails while John and Cheryl’s relationship moves towards a romance neither of them fully comprehends.

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ISBN: 9781943075423
Publisher: Walrus Publishing
Publish Date: 2017
Page Count: 320

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