Rice fielded several questions from an interested crowd during the event at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffehouse on April 13 before he turned to signing copies of the hardback.
In “Moonlit Earth,” the gay author’s fifth novel, the highly anticipated suspense comes as a woman must act to save her gay brother’s reputation—and his life—as he and a Saudi male companion are accused of a terrorist bombing in Hong Kong. It’s Rice’s first straight-woman-gay-male pairing since “The Snow Garden.”
In the novel, Rice also takes a very timely opportunity to delve into homosexuality in Islamic culture through the character of Abid, the man with whom the brother is involved. The author discussed the work in a recent interview with Project Q Atlanta.