The Ramadan Drummer

The Ramadan Drummer

by Randolph Splitter
The Ramadan Drummer

The Ramadan Drummer

by Randolph Splitter
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A child is wounded, a teenage girl goes missing, and a man is kidnapped...

In this story about clashing values and the search for connection in a multicultural world, the drummer wakes the faithful during Ramadan in the predominantly Muslim neighborhood of Little Mecca so that they can eat before beginning their daily fast. But in this culturally diverse American city, the Ramadan drummer wakes believers and nonbelievers alike.

As anti-Muslim activists picket a community fair, shots ring out and a child is gravely wounded. Police detective Ezra Kaufman-who is dealing with the loss of his wife and seeking some kind of spiritual solace from his Jewish tradition-is assigned to investigate. In the course of his investigation he meets reporter Aisha Hassan, an observant though liberal-minded Muslim who is covering the same story.

At a party, the young daughter of a prominent Muslim family initiates a sexual encounter with an older teenage boy. Somebody posts photos of the incident on Facebook, and the girl disappears. Both Ezra and Aisha get involved. Confronting misogyny, homophobia, and the tyranny of teenage cliques, rejecting both fundamentalism and intolerance, Ezra, Aisha, and the others learn that they must chart their own paths toward spiritual meaning and personal connection.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781945502781
Publisher: Pandamoon Publishing
Publication date: 12/09/2017
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

Randolph Splitter graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hamilton College; earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley; taught literature, creative writing, and composition for many years at Caltech and De Anza College; and edited the national literary magazine Red Wheelbarrow for ten of those years.

In addition to stories and essays, he has published three books: The Ramadan Drummer, Body and Soul, and Proust's 'Recherche': A Psychoanalytic Interpretation. He's also written prize-winning screenplays and made short films.

The son of immigrants from Vienna, he currently lives with his wife in Portland, Oregon. When he's not reading, writing, or playing tennis, he likes to exercise his social conscience.
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