Author: Mark Frew
Genre: Gay Fiction / Religious / Psychological
Book blurb: The story is about a non-religious man, called Michael, who is a teacher in a modern college. He meets a student, Polycarp, who is a refugee from Rwanda and who has lost all of his family. Michael decides to travel to Africa to find out if any of Polycarp’s family members are still alive. In the process, he meets a devout Muslim sub-Saharan African man, Ibrahim. Michael and Ibrahim fall in love and as their relationship develops, Michael and Ibrahim have to adjust to each other’s outlooks on life. Throughout the process, the interpretation of both the Bible and the Koran, and how homosexuality can be accepted within this framework are discussed.
Review: As a teacher, Michael is particularly shocked when he meets Polycarp, one of his students, who is a refugee from Rwanda and lost his entire family. Michael travels to Africa to find out if any of Polycarp's relatives are still alive. There, he meets Ibrahim, a devout Muslim. The two of them fall in love, but their relationship isn't all sunshine and rainbows. They both have a different outlook on life, and in particular homosexuality. I loved how the cultures blended, the journey to Africa was described, and how Ibrahim and Michael came to an understand through interpretation of the Bible and the Koran.