Hijab Butch Blues

Dial. Feb. 2023. 304p. ISBN 9780593448762. $27. MEMOIR
The author, a queer Muslim who immigrated to New York as a college student, explores the importance of family, being true to oneself, and the tenets of a religion often at odds with queerness. This memoir in essays with narratives, at times, witty, sharp, poetic, and descriptive is woven with stories from the Quran. The combination leads to the author strengthening her relationship with Allah. The book probes internal conflicts around what coming out is meant to accomplish and to whom. The author persistently challenges a world that classifies identities in rigid absolutes. The book’s relevant and timely discussions of race, sexual orientation, and religion offer an empathetic approach to understanding them.
VERDICT This book is recommended for all public and academic libraries.
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