J.D. Neill


A compelling tale of neglect, betrayal, new love, and ancient hatreds offering a unique perspective of the disintegration of Lebanon. This is a breath-taking and accomplished story of one young couple's struggle to survive in war-torn Beirut during the birth of the Lebanese civil war.
Newly married, an English couple is offered the chance of a lifetime; escape to a new life in an exotic location on the shores of the Mediterranean. They have won lifeʼs lottery.
Crowned the Jewel of the Middle East, Beirut throbs with myriad contrasts between east and west, until the country descends into sectarian violence and civil war.
Friends are raped, murdered, and estranged by age-old religious divides, and they discover the fragility of their own union.
As hostages in their home, without electricity or water, they scavenge for food from limited supplies. Outside, a gun truck filled with militants waits, threatening to take them. Days turn to weeks, and, as the country around them disintegrates, deprivation and tension force them to face one another and learn of their own betrayals. Their painful decline paralleling the land around them.
367 printed pages
Original publication
Lanni LV LLC



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