Dying in Dubai is a memoir of love, loss, reckoning, and renewal, set against the backdrop of the Middle East’s Rodeo Drive-on-Mars city. This heartbreaking but redemptive memoir tells the story of the sudden death in Dubai of Roselee Blooston’s beloved husband Jerry, and how her fifteen day journey through a profoundly disorienting environment, and the inner journey through the equally foreign terrain of grief over the next thirteen months, force her to face wrenching questions about his behavior there. As she free-falls through the city’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 his body home, the Middle East becomes the mirror and catalyst for a life-altering reckoning with her partner, her marriage, and ultimately, with herself. Dying in Dubai shows the reader that no matter the uncertainties, it is possible to transcend devastating loss, and to move forward with serenity and joy. Read 1st Chapter pdf Book Groups - Reader's Guide pdf Press Kit Bus Stop Wedding TV Coverage (Video) Buzzworthy in Montclair Magazine (Fall 2016) Bookshelf feature in The Montclair Times (9/30/16) Interview Good Grief Radio on Voice America (air date 10/5/16) Interview - Author-ized!- BCCLS NJ Library Consortium November Author of the Month (YouTube 11/2/16) Interview - The Kathryn Zox Show, VoiceAmerica Variety (11/16/16) Interview- Deborah Kalb Books (12/3/16) Interview - The Daily Voice (12/12/16)

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REVIEWS

“A Must-Read..vivid, vital and deeply touching…hits you like a shot in the heart…an emotional powerhouse”
–Peter Travers, Rolling Stone (FB post)

“brilliant writing…riveting”
–Nina Shengold, Chronogram

“brutally honest..impactful, suspenseful…masterful…poignant”
–Ann Hutton, Almanac Weekly

“pulsing drama…a memoir, a love letter, and an honest account of how the death of a loved one can create a myriad of obstacles”
–Reneysh Vittal, The Rumpus

“[Blooston has] written a book that speeds readers through a …journey of horror and formidable fears, moving on beyond the immediacy of pain to achieve literal and metaphysical changes and an affirmation of ‘the new me'”
–Mark Porter, The Montclair Times

“Delicious, meaningful and important”
–Cheryl Jones, Good Grief Radio

“compelling, clear-eyed”
–Eric Levin, New Jersey Monthly Magazine

“a fascinating portrait of a man in full”
–Cindy Handler, Montclair Magazine

“An achingly touching story…This book, which traces Blooston’s path from all-encompassing grief to embracing a different happiness, could serve as a guide for others drowning in these miserable waters. And for the newly widowed, this could be a most valuable guide.”
–Jacqueline Cutler, The Star-Ledger

“Incredibly moving”
—Deborah Kalb,
Book Blogger

“An unusual story, it is also a remarkable testament to [Blooston’s] strength and courage.”
-Valerie Wieland, newpages.com

Dying in Dubai is a memoir of love, loss, reckoning, and renewal, set against the backdrop of the Middle East’s Rodeo Drive-on-Mars city.

This heartbreaking but redemptive memoir tells the story of the sudden death in Dubai of Roselee Blooston’s beloved husband Jerry, and how her fifteen day journey through a profoundly disorienting environment, and the inner journey through the equally foreign terrain of grief over the next thirteen months, force her to face wrenching questions about his behavior there. As she free-falls through the city’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 his body home, the Middle East becomes the mirror and catalyst for a life-altering reckoning with her partner, her marriage, and ultimately, with herself. Dying in Dubai shows the reader that no matter the uncertainties, it is possible to transcend devastating loss, and to move forward with serenity and joy.

Read 1st Chapter pdf

Book Groups – Reader’s Guide pdf

Press Kit

Bus Stop Wedding TV Coverage (Video)

Buzzworthy in Montclair Magazine (Fall 2016)

Bookshelf feature in The Montclair Times (9/30/16)

Interview – Good Grief Radio on Voice America (air date 10/5/16)

InterviewAuthor-ized!– BCCLS NJ Library Consortium November Author of the Month (YouTube 11/2/16)

Interview – The Kathryn Zox Show, VoiceAmerica Variety (11/16/16)

Interview– Deborah Kalb Books (12/3/16)

InterviewThe Daily Voice (12/12/16)