I finished the book last week, its really hard to put this book down once you start reading it, it is totally engrossing and capturing your attention. It had made me cry , sad, few times angry too and smile .
Afaf is American woman born to Palestinian parents , she is a principal of Nurideen Girls High School in Tempest Illinois. There is an attack in school by an alt right extremist and story moves in flashbacks between this scene and her past.
Afaf’s parents had to emigrate from Palestine to US during an ongoing war situation in the country only to find a life of struggle in US.
The family could never come out of the trauma when their eldest teenager daughter runs away from home, life was never the same again for Afaf and her brother as kids and her parents as a family together .
Despite of all the hardships, struggles and a disturbed childhood Afaf found her Peace in Islam, friendships and belongingness in the local mosque and it’s community.
My opinion about the book:
The good part of the book is it doesn’t load all the information related to Islam or muslims in one fold, it opens up slowly and slowly revealing what each phrase or act means to Muslim or in Islam. The segregation between culture and Islam was done beautifully.
I loved how the struggles of muslims in different layers is highlighted.
For example : What it means
if you are Muslim in America.
If you are a Muslim and Arab ,
If you are Muslim , Arab, Palestinian.
If you are Muslim, Arab, Palestinian and a woman .
If you are Muslim, Arab, Palestinian, a woman and a Hijabi .
Each word adds a layer of complexity of struggle and micro and macro aggressions faced in everyday life by these people.
I totally recommend .
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