Posted on August 10, 2021 at 12:25 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

We’ve heard it said that a life full of experiences, and not isolation, is a blessing to fiction.

If Louis Edwards’s new novel — his first in twenty years, in fact — is any indication, that life doesn’t even have to be glamorous, necessarily.

The author of the just-released Ramadan Ramsey told NPR’s Debbie Elliott that his protagonists’ parents came to him, so to speak, while he was getting gas at a convenience store and noticed a couple flirting.

That isn’t to say, though, that an interesting experience can’t also contribute; years later, after the protagonist had been conceived (figuratively), Edwards was in Istanbul when the character’s name dawned on him: Ramadan, the holiday that was currently taking place.

Listen to Edwards read from the novel born of these disparate moments, as well as discuss the various loves it depicts, below; and check back to NPR’s website for a transcript of the conversation.

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