Afaf Rahman, the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, is the principal of Nurrideen School for Girls, a Muslim school in the Chicago suburbs. One morning, a shooter―radicalized by the online alt-right―attacks the school.
As Afaf listens to his terrifying progress, we are swept back through her memories: the bigotry she faced as a child, her mother’s dreams of returning to Palestine, and the devastating disappearance of her older sister that tore her family apart. Still, there is the sweetness of the music from her father’s oud, and the hope and community Afaf finally finds in Islam.
The Beauty of Your Face is a profound and poignant exploration of one woman’s life in a nation at odds with its ideals.
This book tells two stories, the first being the ruthless shooting in a school and the second tells the struggles of a Palestinian American Girl as she grows up. The main focus of the book is on Afaf, her life from childhood to what lead her to be in the school where the shooting is taking place with the shooting as almost a short story woven through.
I started this on Sunday morning and finished it the same day, I just couldn’t put it down! Mustafah’s effortlessly brings the characters to life and her writing is just remarkable. It touches on so many important topics and handles them all with grace and dignity that I was just blown away.
It was fascinating to have such a deep look into Afaf’s life and the prejudices she face from both her own community and the wider community.
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