joseph geha

Joseph Geha Wins Arab American Museum Book Award

by Phillip Witteveen July 17, 2013

Joseph Geha, author of Lebanese Blonde, has won the Arab American Museum’s BookAward for Best Fiction.  The Museum awards this honor to “significant literature by and about Arab Americans.” Geha’s novel centers around an Arab-American community in Toledo, Ohio, while a civil war rages in the Aboodeh and Samir’s homeland of Lebanon. Aboodeh and Samir are business partners, and their business is in “Lebanese Blond”—a special type of hashish they import. Geha’s style incorporates exile, family, food, wisdom and foolishness, as the civil war disrupts their business and puts their family in danger.  Eventually, Samir will have to face the changes happening […]

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Joseph Geha discusses ‘Lebanese Blonde’ on Iowa Public Radio

by Brianne Johnson February 13, 2013

Lebanese Blonde may be a work of fiction, but, for author Joseph Geha, the novel hits close to home. That home is in the “Little Syria” community of Toledo, Ohio, and during an interview that recently aired on Iowa Public Radio, Geha discussed the places, experiences, and people that inspired the book. “The people are made up,” Geha said in the interview with “Talk of Iowa,” “But they’re founded on people I grew up with.” As an example, Geha names his father as a dominant source of inspiration for a character named Uncle Waxy. He also describes the urgency to “work hard [and] […]

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New author video: Joseph Geha discusses novel ‘Lebanese Blonde’

by Phillip Witteveen January 29, 2013

Joseph Geha sat down with the Press to discuss Lebanese Blonde, his recently published novel about two Lebanese immigrant cousins who concoct a scheme to import a potent strain of hashish into the United States using the family’s mortuary business as a cover. Set in Toledo, Ohio’s “Little Syria” community in 1975-76, Lebanese Blonde tells the story of Aboodeh, a self-styled entrepreneur, and Samir, his young, reluctant accomplice. In the video, Geha, who immigrated to Toledo with his family when he was two years old in 1946, discusses the role that food plays in the immigrant experience, detaching from one’s native […]

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Joseph Geha discusses ‘Lebanese Blonde’ in Toledo ‘Blade’

by Brianne Johnson November 13, 2012

In a recently published interview with the Toledo Blade, author Joseph Geha discusses the personal experiences that informed his new novel, Lebanese Blonde—from feeling like an outsider as an Arabic-speaking child in Toledo, Ohio, to seeing gun-toting men guarding hashish fields while visiting Lebanon in the early 1970s. Set primarily in the Toledo, Ohio, “Little Syria” community in the mid-1970s–right at the beginning of Lebanon’s sectarian civil war–Lebanese Blonde tells the story of two immigrant cousins, Aboodeh, a self-styled entrepreneur, and Samir, his young, reluctant accomplice, who concoct a scheme to import Lebanese Blonde, a potent strain of hashish, into the United […]

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Review highlights mass appeal of new novel ‘Lebanese Blonde’

by Emily September 11, 2012

The story of two Lebanese immigrant cousins who concoct a scheme to import a potent strain of hashish into the United States using the family’s mortuary business as a cover, Joseph Geha’s Lebanese Blonde has been praised as “a book for all libraries with eager fiction readers” by a recent Booklist review. “The complexity of character building and plot structure ensures that what could have been an outrageous climax is believable and satisfying,” the review states. Lebanese Blonde takes place in 1975-76 at the beginning of Lebanon’s sectarian civil war. Set primarily in the Toledo, Ohio, “Little Syria” community, the novel follows […]

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