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David, a Syrian-American living in Damascus, wakes one wintry morning to rare snowfall in the Syrian capital. The snow is a harbinger of things to come as David makes his way through the city streets, where chance encounters not only have the potential to change his life, but could also change the course of Syrian history. Set in Damascus on the eve of the revolutionary transformations that began in March 2011, A Wintry Day offers insights into everyday life in Syria, from music, art, literature, and cuisine, to the nuances of political resistance, state corruption and violence, the Palestinian problem, women's issues, and the complex mosaic of peoples and social classes that make up Syrian society today. A Wintry Day is also a love story revolving around the budding romance of David and Nidal, a Palestinian journalist. It is most of all a paean to the strength and beauty of the Syrian people based on the author's extensive experience in Syria.
About the Author
Jonathan Holt Shannon is Professor of Anthropology at Hunter College and The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.