Red Star, Crescent Moon
A Muslim - Jewish Love Story
Red Star, Crescent Moon,
the story of love between a Muslim and
a Jew, documentary film director, Aisha, and historian,
Benjamin, is set in Spain against the vibrant and colorful
background of a women’s film festival, the on location shoot of
a Hollywood epic, the seductive activities of a movie star
known as The Most Beautiful Man in the World, and the actions
of terrorists who wish to reclaim that country for Islam.
Soon after Aisha arrives in Spain to screen her documentary on the Afghans in America, she meets Benjamin, whose book on the Spanish Civil War is being shot near Madrid. The two are pulled to each other despite the differences in their backgrounds. This is more than a matter of religion. Aisha has lived through great historical traumas while Benjamin has only written about them. As a student she was caught in a civil war in Lebanon; later her family was scattered by foreign invasion. The closest Benjamin has ever come to military activity was six months of training with the US Army.
When at the screening of Aisha’s documentary, an Islamic militant makes an angry protest against the film, the resulting political and media frenzy turn her into an instant celebrity and a target of radical Islamists. To help her escape an intrusive world, Benjamin must tear himself away from his own personal and professional problems with the Hollywood star turned director, and when that world becomes deadly serious, he must face the question of whether the historian is capable of undertaking actions which create history
Praise for Red Star, Crescent Moon
"A Jewish-Muslim love affair, movie-making in Spain,
hostage-taking, a towerful of terrorists, Rosenstone's
deftly written and highly entertaining novel will hold
reader's thrall from beginning to end."
"For those of us who have followed Robert Rosenstone's writing career, Red Star, Crescent Moon hits a new peak: a novel with deep historical roots that is also filled with action, romance, and intricate plotting. The book is a meditation on the meaning of the past, filled with suspense, a profound love story, and humor, all brought out in Rosenstone's highly readable and elegant writing style."
-- Louis Breger, author of Freud: Darkness in the Midst of Vision
"Red Star, Crescent Moon: a Muslim-Jewish Love Story is not just about the kaleidoscope of history and politics and pop culture: it's about what being human means in the face of terror. The novel's historian hero says he got into history for the stories. And the one true (as in universal and eternal) story, it turns out, is about love."
--Leslie Brody, author of The Life and Times of Jessica Mitford
"Muslim versus Jew; East versus West. The weight of the past vs. the promise of the present. It is no small feat to build a bridge, but in Red Star, Crescent Moon, Robert Rosenstone has done just. Playful, fast-moving, yet deep, this novel is a love story for our times. You'll want to read it and you'll want your friends to read it."
--Aris Janigian, author of Riverbig and Bloodvine
"Like all great love stories, Red Star, Crescent Moon takes place at the dangerous intersection of passion and all that threatens to destroy it: not just the religions of the subtitle but also ethnicity, culture, family, politics, ideals, ambitions, individual memory, collective experience, and the stranger than fiction course of current events. Rosenstone's fiction--inventive, even mischievous, harrowing, and yet utterly charming--is true in a way history rarely is. It is also engrossing from beginning to end. Pick it up only if you have the time not to put it down."
--James Goodman, author of Stories of Scottsboro and Blackout
"I laughed! I cried! Part travel writing, part history lesson, part slow-burn romance, this fictional memoir of improbable convergence makes you ponder the intersection not only of different cultures, but also of art and life, Hollywood and reality, autobiography and embellishment. Funny and intense, suspenseful and satisfying, it's ultimately a story of true love. Really."
--Martha Hodes, author of The Sea Captain's Wife: A True Story of Love, Race and War in the Nineteenth Century
"An absolutely wonderful book. Masterful use of other POVs, at least it feels that way to this male. I'm also enjoying the sly roman a clef aspect with, presumably, Warren Beatty and Jerzy Kosinski and Vicente Storaro, as himself. Here and there I actually laughed out loud. A fine post-modern novel, and loads of fun."
--John Shannon, author of the 19 volume Jack Liffey series of detective novels