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DYING IN DUBAI is a memoir of love, loss, reckoning, and renewal, set against the backdrop of a Rodeo Drive-on-Mars desert city. It tells of the sudden death of Roselee Blooston's beloved husband, Jerry, and how her fifteen day journey through a profoundly disorienting environment, and the inner journey over the next thirteen months through the equally foreign terrain of grief, force her to face wrenching questions about his behavior there. As she free-falls through the city's frightening underbelly with its ubiquitous police stations, gender-segregated waiting rooms, arbitrary Sharia laws, and an opaque bureaucracy that prevents her from immediately bringing his body home, the Middle East becomes the catalyst for a life-altering confrontation with her partner, her marriage, and ultimately, with herself. DYING IN DUBAI shows the reader that no matter the uncertainties, it is possible to transcend heartbreak, and to move forward with joy.
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Roselee Blooston is a writer, actress, teacher, and arts administrator whose works for the stage have been widely produced, and whose fiction and essays have appeared in print and online magazines, and in anthologies. She is the author of Dying in Dubai, a memoir of marriage, mourning, and the Middle East, published by Apprentice House Press, Loyola University Maryland in October 2016, and which is a 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Finalist.
Roselee holds an MFA in Drama from Trinity University at the Dallas Theater Center where she won the Greer Garson Award, and a BA in Drama from Vassar College where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She has taught acting, voice and speech, and dramatic writing on the faculties of the University of Texas at Austin, the New School, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Montclair State University, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and the Smithsonian Institution.
Her volunteer work has included a township appointee position on the Montclair Arts Council, work with the Montclair Art Museum’s Spoken Arts Committee, and a position on the board of the Rotary Club of Rhinebeck, New York.
Roselee currently lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.