PRAISE FOR DYING IN DUBAI

A Must-Read: my advice is get your eyes on on it immediately. This vivid, vital and deeply touching memoir hits you like a shot in the heart as Blooston describes the sudden death of her husband Jerry in Dubai…and her 15-day struggle to…bring Jerry’s body safely home. It’s a startling, tension-filled tale. What makes it an emotional powerhouse is the way Blooston, a gifted writer, is forced to redefine her marriage from its romantic origins—she and Jerry married at the bus stop where they first met—to the hard truths she learns…after his death. I have no doubt that Hollywood will be eager to put its own stamp on this remarkable story.

~

Peter Travers,

film critic, Rolling Stone

PRAISE FOR DYING IN DUBAI

Roselee Blooston’s beautifully written, brutally honest memoir of endurance and ultimate acceptance of the cataclysmic sudden death of her life’s partner rings truer than any of the many I have read and more movingly than any I could have written. Writing has been a catharsis for Roselee, as it was for me. Here is a helpful and, yes, healthy lesson for surviving the trials and tribulations of widowhood and the essential task of becoming a “new you.” As Roselee put it at the book’s end: “Facing loss opened me up, and I like who I’ve become.”

~

Jane Brody,

New York Times columnist & best-selling author of
Jane Brody’s Guide to the Great Beyond

PRAISE FOR DYING IN DUBAI

A gorgeously written, and gripping account of loss and love. Blooston brings to life the glittering city of Dubai, while at the same time letting you into her heart and her marriage. Uplifting and resonant, this book offers solace to anyone who has walked in a loved one’s absence.

~ Claire Bidwell Smith, author of Rules of Inheritance

An achingly touching story

~

Jacqueline Cutler,

book editor, The Star Ledger

PRAISE FOR DYING IN DUBAI

After her husband suffers a life-threatening aneurysm halfway across the globe, Blooston finds herself navigating far more than the emotional dislocations of imminent, then actual, loss. From the moment she lands in Dubai, she must contend with the social dislocations of a country where women—newly bereaved widows included—have no standing. Riveting from start to finish, Blooston’s beautifully written memoir is a truly original contribution to the grief literature.

~

Jill Smolowe,

author of Four Funerals and a Wedding

PRAISE FOR DYING IN DUBAI

Incredibly clear-eyed and composed, yet candid account of a life, a marriage, a love, a family, and a tragic death and its aftermath

-Eric Levin, deputy editor, New Jersey Monthly Magazine

Life’s darkest events can ignite brilliant writing…It’s hard to imagine a tenser journey than the one in this riveting memoir’s opening pages.

~

Nina Shengold, Book Editor, Chronogram (10/16)

PRAISE FOR DYING IN DUBAI

A timely, honest, heart-wrenching marriage memoir, from love at first sight to sudden widowhood in a foreign culture. As she struggles with grief, panic, family conflicts, misogynist bureaucrats, financial insecurity and disturbing revelations, Roselee Blooston stands up for herself—and emerges transformed.

~

Jacqueline Lapidus,

co-editor of The Widows’ Handbook:
Poetic Reflections on Grief and Survival

PRAISE FOR DYING IN DUBAI

This intimate, vigorous memoir of a contemporary marriage, an extended family, and the immense strains of sudden, unforeseen widowhood is an absorbing book, well worth reading. Blooston’s dramatic narrative of her life with and without her exciting, loving, difficult husband captures the ache of an empty bed, the way that a newly bereaved person simply cannot imagine how they will ever again be able to feel peace or happiness, and how, nevertheless, we slowly do find comfort, and even joy.

~

Lise Menn,

Professor Emerita of Linguistics University of
Colorado/Boulder, co-editor, The Widows’ Handbook

 

Roselee Blooston is an award-winning writer whose plays have been produced in New York, across the country, at the Edinburgh Festival, and over Voice of America, and whose short stories, essays, and articles have been published in national magazines, journals, and anthologies. DYING IN DUBAI is her first book, and is a 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Finalist.

 PRAISE FOR DYING IN DUBAI

A Must-Read: my advice is get your eyes on on it immediately. This vivid, vital and deeply touching memoir hits you like a shot in the heart as Blooston describes the sudden death of her husband Jerry in Dubai…and her 15-day struggle to…bring Jerry’s body safely home. It’s a startling, tension-filled tale. What makes it an emotional powerhouse is the way Blooston, a gifted writer, is forced to redefine her marriage from its romantic origins—she and Jerry married at the bus stop where they first met—to the hard truths she learns…after his death. I have no doubt that Hollywood will be eager to put its own stamp on this remarkable story.

~

Peter Travers,

film critic, Rolling Stone

Roselee Blooston’s beautifully written, brutally honest memoir of endurance and ultimate acceptance of the cataclysmic sudden death of her life’s partner rings truer than any of the many I have read and more movingly than any I could have written. Writing has been a catharsis for Roselee, as it was for me. Here is a helpful and, yes, healthy lesson for surviving the trials and tribulations of widowhood and the essential task of becoming a “new you.” As Roselee put it at the book’s end: “Facing loss opened me up, and I like who I’ve become.”

~

Jane Brody,

New York Times columnist & best-selling author of
Jane Brody’s Guide to the Great Beyond

A gorgeously written, and gripping account of loss and love. Blooston brings to life the glittering city of Dubai, while at the same time letting you into her heart and her marriage. Uplifting and resonant, this book offers solace to anyone who has walked in a loved one’s absence.

~ Claire Bidwell Smith, author of Rules of Inheritance

An achingly touching story

~

Jacqueline Cutler,

book editor, The Star Ledger

After her husband suffers a life-threatening aneurysm halfway across the globe, Blooston finds herself navigating far more than the emotional dislocations of imminent, then actual, loss. From the moment she lands in Dubai, she must contend with the social dislocations of a country where women—newly bereaved widows included—have no standing. Riveting from start to finish, Blooston’s beautifully written memoir is a truly original contribution to the grief literature.

~

Jill Smolowe,

author of Four Funerals and a Wedding

Incredibly clear-eyed and composed, yet candid account of a life, a marriage, a love, a family, and a tragic death and its aftermath

-Eric Levin, deputy editor, New Jersey Monthly Magazine

Life’s darkest events can ignite brilliant writing…It’s hard to imagine a tenser journey than the one in this riveting memoir’s opening pages.

~

Nina Shengold, Book Editor, Chronogram (10/16)

A timely, honest, heart-wrenching marriage memoir, from love at first sight to sudden widowhood in a foreign culture. As she struggles with grief, panic, family conflicts, misogynist bureaucrats, financial insecurity and disturbing revelations, Roselee Blooston stands up for herself—and emerges transformed.

~

Jacqueline Lapidus,

co-editor of The Widows’ Handbook:
Poetic Reflections on Grief and Survival

This intimate, vigorous memoir of a contemporary marriage, an extended family, and the immense strains of sudden, unforeseen widowhood is an absorbing book, well worth reading. Blooston’s dramatic narrative of her life with and without her exciting, loving, difficult husband captures the ache of an empty bed, the way that a newly bereaved person simply cannot imagine how they will ever again be able to feel peace or happiness, and how, nevertheless, we slowly do find comfort, and even joy.

~

Lise Menn,

Professor Emerita of Linguistics University of
Colorado/Boulder, co-editor, The Widows’ Handbook

 

Roselee Blooston is an award-winning writer whose plays have been produced in New York, across the country, at the Edinburgh Festival, and over Voice of America, and whose short stories, essays, and articles have been published in national magazines, journals, and anthologies. DYING IN DUBAI is her first book, and is a 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Finalist.