In the Last Book of Baghdad, Sirois explores a world where, under desperate conditions, a lost collection of poems might be able to save a person’s life. We see Nisreen Abid robbed of two beloved things: Al Mutanabbi Street—the literary hub of Baghdad—and her husband. With Al Mutanabbi Street in ruins, Nisreen tricks a book printer to help her locate her kidnapped husband while navigating the deadly city. Baghdad is burning out of control. Little does she know, the book she uses as ransom to get her husband back will be the most important book of her life.
Justin Sirois is at the peak of his powers, crafting prose inside historical contexts largely ignored by Western media. Sirois is exploring what would easily be hidden, a world that is as real as it is ready to be revealed: The Last Book of Baghdad proves that the power of a dead poet’s words are enough to transcend war’s many tortures.
“Justin Sirois has some really important things to say, and we need to listen. The Last Book of Baghdad is raw, riveting and revealing. Sirois is a master storyteller with the rare ability to highlight the perspectives of both the oppressed and oppressors. I guarantee that soldiers, policy makers and people who love literature alike will benefit, appreciate and learn from The Last Book of Baghdad.”
–D Watkins, author of The Beast Side and The Cook Up
“The Fallujah Burning series might be the only fictional account by an American author that highlights historical tragedies on the Iraq war while giving voice to diverse Iraqi perspectives. From the sieges of Fallujah to the bombing of al Mutanabbi Street, Sirois follows a fractured family as they struggle to reconnect with loved ones. The Last Book of Baghdad and Falcons on the Floor show the human cost of the U.S.’s failed policies and the lasting effects it has on our shared global community. This is essential reading.”
–Michael Kimball, author of Big Ray and Dear Everybody