Coming November 2022
ADVANCED PRAISE FOR LAST NIGHT IN BRIGHTON آخر ليلة في برايتون
‘Massive’ – Alya Mooro, bestselling author of The Greater Freedom
‘Hayoun’s transgressive and transporting gifts are wonderfully on full display’, Moustafa Bayoumi, award-winning author of This Muslim American Life
Boston.com Readers’ Favorite Reads of 2022
Locus Magazine Review
Lambda Literary Most Anticipated LGBTQIA+ Literature, December
Chicago Review of Books interview
Reads Rainbow July-December 2022 Ownvoices Achillean Release List
Named one of LitHub – CrimeReads Queer Mysteries and Thrillers to Read All Year Long
Named a Tor.com ‘Can’t Miss’ indie press speculative novel
Raseef22: interview [English]
Raseef22: interview [Arabic]
Caravel Magazine article
In this dazzling finale — both of the Ghorba Ghost Story Series and award-winning author Massoud Hayoun’s brief career as a novelist — Darf Publishers brings you a Jewish Egyptian Wizard of Oz, radiating “crushed velour and luxury” and “sensuality once more”.
Sam Saadoun, not to be confused with the gay Jewish Arab protagonist of BUILDING 46 四十六号楼 of the same name, had planned to spend a final night in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn with the last of many lovers. But amid their frolicking through that American immigrant enclave’s Post-Soviet attractions, Sam finds himself cast back to the heart of the matter: Alexandria, Egypt in the 1930s.
With the biting satire and folly of a Luis Buñuel film and the delicious melancholy of a Beach House ballad, Hayoun offers us a striking last look at the Ghorba Ghost World’s longing, love, and lust as well as the political intimacies that have shaped the 21st Century Arab world and northern African diaspora. This is a parting glance that is bound to haunt and delight.