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

by Phillip Witteveen on January 29, 2013

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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 culture, researching the mortuary business, and more.

You can view the interview here, and learn more about Lebanese Blonde here.


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