Building 46 is on The Straits Times (Singapore) June 2022 recommended reading list
The Arts Fuse review: “Fascinating and incisive … Building 46 is much more than a compelling ghost story. It’s a coming-of-age story whose revelation of prejudice weaves together two very different cultures.” – Sarah Mina Osman, The Arts Fuse
BUILDING 46 named a LitHub – CrimeReads May best international fiction pick: “A heady, atmospheric, dizzying novel” – Molly Odintz
Both Ghorba Ghost novels named among LitHub – CrimeReads Queer Mysteries and Thrillers to Read All Year Long
BlogCritics review of BUILDING 46: “Hayoun’s novel does more than just create a ghost story or mystery. Building 46 is an investigation into the ghosts of our lives that continually haunt us… Hayoun has created a beautiful, and rather intimidating, view into life in Beijing and China… Like his main character, the country is an ever shifting morass of characteristics looking for an identity. Building 46 is a fascinating and intimate character study of both its human character and a country few of us know anything about.” – Richard Marcus, BlogCritics
Ai Weiwei, iconic dissident artist and author of 1000 Years of Joy and Sorrows, offers his praise for BUILDING 46, the first of the two-novel Ghorba Ghost Story Series: ‘Building 46 is exquisite. A poetic and powerful piece of writing. Dark and mysterious, it has also returned to me the human warmth and strength of Beijing’.
Jordy Rosenberg, author of the critically acclaimed masterpiece Confessions of the Fox, offers his praise for BUILDING 46: ‘Just splendid… BUILDING 46 is the sexiest, smartest and most heartfelt social-realist ghost story you didn’t realise you were missing. Hayoun has created a thrillingly contemporary snapshot of intersecting histories long in the making: 9/11 and its aftermath, China’s rise to global hegemon, and the practice and particulars of queer lives and longing alleviated of the abstract parameters of western queer theory. The wells of Building 46 run deep’.
Alya Mooro, bestselling author of The Greater Freedom, offers her praise for LAST NIGHT IN BRIGHTON, the last novel of the Ghorba Ghost Story Series: ‘Massive. Wonderfully transporting and healing, Last Night in Brighton will speak to anyone who has ever felt a longing for home, or wholeness. That is to say: everyone’.
Moustafa Bayoumi, award-winning author of This American Muslim Life, offers his praise for LAST NIGHT IN BRIGHTON: ‘Mixing memory and desire, Massoud Hayoun’s Last Night in Brighton is a tender story of love, loss, and exile. Hayoun’s transgressive and transporting gifts are wonderfully on full display’.
Katie Austra Stelmanis, incendiary musician, says that BUILDING 46 ‘fills me with nostalgia, asks big questions, and most importantly, is ferociously entertaining’.
Peter Kispert, the award-winning author of I Know You Know Who I Am, says, “Building 46 is a powerful, big-hearted debut novel from a fiercely talented writer. Hayoun’s careful, searching prose and gifts for rendering character and place on the page are simply marvellous.”
February 2, 2022, 12p U.S. Eastern – Join a fireside chat between Massoud and Prof. Sahar Aziz about his nonfiction book WHEN WE WERE ARABS as part of the Rutgers University Law School Center for Security, Race & Rights virtual lecture series, De-securitising Muslim Identity. Massoud will briefly discuss his forthcoming novel, BUILDING 46. Register here.
Check out Cat People, Massoud’s essay in The Los Angeles Review.
Grab a copy of SIGNS, Massoud’s debut fiction chapbook, out now from Bottlecap Press. It’s a tiny psychological thriller set in Los Angeles that, like Building 46, is full of hard feelings and coded politics. Orders available here.