The Last Bookstore is pleased to present a reading by Meedo Taha from his debut novel, A Road to Damascus. This taut, Hitchcockian literary thriller centers on a Lebanese botany professor, studying the mysterious demise of his beloved Acacia trees, who accidentally witnesses an apparent terrorist attack on a bus bound for Damascus, Syria—an event that turns out to be much more than it seems.
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Beirut at dawn. A bus leaves the Charles Helou station en route to Damascus. Seven passengers are on board, one of whom is a prominent Lebanese politician. Before crossing the border, the bus is accosted and derailed. All seven passengers are gunned down. A botanist studying a rare occurrence of acacias nearby witnesses the horror. While the nation around him plunges into conspiracy theories and chaos, the botanist realizes he holds the only clue to the mystery: his injured Acacia. This sends him on a quest for answers, through a minefield of national fears and family secrets, deep into a private underworld.
A Road to Damascus is a captivating and often wryly humorous thriller that reveals a family’s intergenerational secrets, a nation’s deepest fears, and an underground world of politics, religion, and society.
Meedo Taha is an author and filmmaker born into a Lebanese family of video bootleggers at a time when his country was at war with itself. In a creative free-fall, he received a scholarship to the University of Tokyo, wrote a PhD dissertation about the love affair between cinema and architecture, earned an MFA in Directing from UCLA, and taught college-level filmmaking in Dubai. A Road to Damascus is his first novel, and he is currently adapting it into a feature film. He lives with his family between Beirut and Los Angeles.