The Beauty of Your Face: Shortlisted for the Palestine Book Award 2021 by Sahar Mustafah
A profound and poignant exploration of one woman’s life in a nation at odds with its ideals.
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.
Featured in The New York Times, Marie Claire, Lithub, Ms. Magazine, The Millions, and The Lily
Shortlisted for the Chicago Review of Books Award
Longlisted for the 2020 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize
The Beauty of Your Face: Shortlisted for the Palestine Book Award 2021