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304 pages, Kindle Edition
First published November 13, 2018
Over the last 4-5 years I’ve been so fortunate to read books written by Muslim authors featuring Muslim characters. It’s something I didn’t grow up with, and being able to experience this now has been very special. That being said, the rep is predominately Sunni Islam. I’ve yet to read a book with a main character who is Shia (besides Once Upon An Eid, but that short story is by the same author shown here). I’ve forgotten what it feels like to really relate to a character. Being Shia isn’t the same as being Sunni, even if a lot of things are similar. There are key differences tied to our faith, our experiences, our history, our traditions and cultures, and seeing that reflected in this memoir brought me to tears. Seeing names like Imam Ali, and Imam Husayn, and Fatima az-Zahra, and seeing Karbala and Ashura mentioned and described in a book was very moving. I’ve never seen myself in a book as much as I’ve seen myself in this one. And while there are parts of this memoir that are different and not what I expected, it’s been incredible reading this during Ramadan. For people who are thinking about picking this up, I’d say to go in with an open mind without prejudice. Some things discussed in this book are seen as bidah by a lot of the Muslim community, so as a Shia it’s hard for me to share something so close to my heart not knowing if people will accuse me of not being “Muslim” enough or being a “heretic."