On Tuesday, August 23, at 7:30 pm, the Jacob Sears Memorial Library in East Dennis will host a talk by the acclaimed author Roselee Blooston. Bloooston’s forthcoming book Dying in Dubai, a memoir of marriage, mourning, and the Middle East, will be published in October 2016 by Apprentice House Press, Loyola University Maryland. In advance reviews, Dying in Dubai has been hailed as “gorgeously written,” “riveting,” and “clear-eyed.” This unique pre-release event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. The author will be on hand to sign advance copies of her book.
In the opening pages of Dying in Dubai, Blooston is stunned to hear of the sudden death of her beloved husband halfway across the globe. The writer sets off for Dubai, a glittering city of world-class hotels and global retailing in the midst of the Arabian Desert—"Rodeo Drive on Mars.” Her fifteen-day journey through a profoundly disorienting environment is followed by a thirteen-month voyage to self-discovery through the equally foreign terrain of grief.
Blooston gives a vivid first-hand account of the United Arab Emirates’ most populous city. We see her free-falling through Dubai’s frightening underbelly with its ubiquitous police stations, gender-segregated waiting rooms, arbitrary Sharia laws, and an opaque bureaucracy that prevents her from immediately bringing her loved one's body home. In the relentless sunlight of the Middle East, the city becomes a mirror and ultimately a catalyst for a life-altering reckoning with her husband, her marriage, and herself.
Roselee Blooston is an award-winning writer whose plays have been produced in New York, across the country, and at the Edinburgh Festival, and broadcast on Voice of America. Her short stories, essays, and articles have been published in national magazines, journals, and anthologies. Born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Blooston has lived in Texas, New York, and New Jersey, and has worked professionally as an actress, university instructor, and freelance writer. For more information on the author and her forthcoming book, please visit Roselee Blooston's Website.
Jacob Sears Memorial Library is located at 23 Center Street, East Dennis, MA. The library building dates to 1895 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. During its 120-year history, the library has also served as a community gathering place and a venue for educational and cultural events and performances.