The Deaf-Mute Boy by Joseph Geraci

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The Deaf-Mute Boy—equal parts travel story, love story, and a resonant confrontation with the Muslim world—is the tale of a gay American professor immersed in a North African society. Maurice Burke, an archaeologist, is invited to speak at a conference in the bustling port town of Sousse, Tunisia. At first disillusioned by its rampant tourism and squalid commercialism, Maurice becomes intrigued by his surroundings after meeting a local deaf-mute boy. While exploring a vibrant souk, Maurice encounters a religious leader who guides him on a fateful introduction to the boy’s family. As Maurice’s involvement with the deaf-mute boy intensifies, he finds himself drawn into a maze of Tunisian politics, culture, and religion.

About Joseph Geraci

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Joseph Geraci is the author of the novels Loving Sander and Marrying Tom, and editor of the anthology Dares to Speak. He was a member of the editorial collective of The Catholic Worker and is  director of the Paidika Foundation in Amsterdam. For many years he has been a dealer in rare photographs.
Published September 12, 2006 by University of Wisconsin Press. 196 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Travel, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Hoping to do something to help the boy, he approaches a charismatic local Muslim scholar who knows Nidhal, and finds himself both drawn to and repelled by an exotic culture he does not understand.

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West meets East and rich meets poor in this thin story of the ill-fated friendship between a gay Columbia University professor and a teenage Tunisian deaf-mute boy.

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