By Raymond Beauchemin
Raymond Beauchemin was born in western Massachusetts and has worked at newspapers in Hartford, Boston, Montreal, Toronto and Abu Dhabi. He is the author of the novels Everything I Own and These Days Are Nights, and editor of several anthologies. He lives and writes in Ontario, Canada.
"Beauchemin is a master storyteller who fittingly has chosen a cast of storytellers to weave poignant, delicate and yet powerful tales of family lore among the political history and cultural complexities at work in the land we know today as the United Arab Emirates ... Bold, lyrical in parts and yet unflinching and raw in their portrayal of how one nation and its residents chart a course between modernity, religious faith and strict social, personal and political hierarchies, these four marvellous novellas show us the emptiest quarter is not only the external place we must negotiate in the geographical world but also one that resides within."- Jackie Copleton, Author of A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding
"Read Beauchemin, a writer of place and memories, skilled practitioner of stealth. Wait. Process what he has done to your heart and mind." -Deepak Unnikrishnan, Author of Temporary People