Ray has a thirst to enter the world of art curation, recently quitting his job and on a mission to create a new life for himself. Thanks to an opportunity provided by Dab - a friend in the art world - and his own entrepreneurship, the two come together to put on their own exhibition. While planning the show on a rainy day in a cafe, Ray becomes captivated by a waitress, Joy, who in turn is enamoured by his explanation of the exhibition.
As Ray works towards his show, he becomes closer to Joy, and meets a new band of people who help him on his journey. This new adventure thrusts him into the highs and lows of the art world, his newfound friendships and love interest, alcohol, and the drugs that tease him.
So much change makes Ray's anxiety rise, and when he starts to lose control of the future, he so desires, can he make it to the other side, or will he be left with that familiar feeling of regret?
ISBN : 978-1-80074-207-9
Pages : 236
Size : 205x140
Imprint : Olympia Publishers
Ramy Al-Kadhi is a British-Iraqi who was born in London in 1990. He wrote his debut novel, Ray, in 2020 during the coronavirus lockdowns while living in the UAE.
The main plots character, Ray, is Ramy's alter-ego, and an expression of his personal challenges with mental health, specifically only a few years after suffering a traumatic head injury while driving a moped in Sri Lanka.
At the time of writing, he was living in the UAE working for the popular MENA based music streaming platform, Anghami.
Ramy's favourite authors are Charles Bukowski and Haruki Murakami. He is a massive Arsenal supporter, big martial arts fan, mafia and WWII TV fanatic and an avid craft beer drinker.