A young American’s timely account of endurance and enlightenment
after he’s caught up in Lebanon’s summer of siege in 2006
This riveting new book by authors Ashe and Magdalena Stevens
is available in hardcover, paperback, and eBook editions
LOS ANGELES - “You have to find your own story…go fill your vessel with the truth. You won’t find it here, in the safety of these walls and this country.” These words from Ashe Stevens’ mentor and celebrated Cal Arts Theater professor hit him profoundly at a time when he was indeed searching for himself. They also set the scene for the forceful and spellbinding narrative that unfolds in Lost in Beirut, the new book by authors (and spouses) Ashe Stevens and Dr. Magdalena Stevens. It is now available for pre-order in hardcover, paperback, and eBook editions; the publication date is December 19, 2021.
Lost in Beirut is a global tale that begins in Los Angeles and careens through the Middle East as war breaks out in Lebanon. What Ashe thought would be a thrilling adventure with his best friend Danny turned into a wholly unexpected, life-changing and life-threatening experience in the world beyond America’s safety net. It is a fast-moving spiritual journey, with often shocking twists and turns, that reads like an action film.
After more than a decade grappling with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), at the end of 2019 Ashe embarked on a journey with Magdalena to finally put his story on paper. Not letting a once in a lifetime pandemic slow them down – despite Magdalena’s many hours taking care of Covid-19 patients on the frontlines – they persevered to continue writing every free second they had. Together, in a clear-eyed and unvarnished voice, they tell the story, making sure to remember the moments of friendship, love and purpose that shine through despite the ravages of war.”
As the narrative kicks off in 2006, Ashe is a rising actor and magnetic scenester moving amid the starlight of Hollywood’s hottest nightclubs. His closest friend Danny, a famous L.A. club and concert promoter, is organizing Lebanon’s largest-ever concert featuring superstar rapper 50 Cent. They go to Beirut for the glory and get stuck there as the country is tipped into war overnight. With no way out and nothing but regrets, Ashe finds himself trying to escape the Israeli airstrikes to the Syrian border, only to then be pursued by jihadists in Jordan. After weeks of waiting for a flight out, he sits alone – shells hocked and exhausted – at the airport in Amman, praying he’ll soon be able to board the flight he’s ticketed for, and then continue home.
About the authors: COVID-19, a once-in-a-century pandemic, was challenging enough for medical Dr. Magdalena Stevens working on the frontlines, providing Urgentology care those fallen ill. Yet, through the fear of the unknown, she decided to embark on the Herculean task of sifting through her husband’s 15-year-old memories of his time in Lebanon, buried in the darkness of his PTSD. Putting the love, loss and pain on the pages of this book proved to be very cathartic for both of them. Now when Ashe looks toward the sun rising in the east, he can finally break a smile. And Magdalena is once again filled with hope and the belief that everything happens for a reason. Enjoy the book.
Dropbox of images, with additional information, and two chapters:
Lost in Beirut
Publication date: December 19, 2021
paperback ISBN: 978-1-7379524-7-3
hard cover- ISBN: 978-1-7379524-1-1
ebook -ISBN: 978-1-7379524-4-2
Images, Top: L: Book cover R: Ashe in Egypt, 2006
Images, Bottom: VIP pass for 50 Cent concert; Ashe and Magdalena