The Beauty Of Your Face

The Beauty of Your Face is a haunting yet hopeful debut by Sahar Mustafah. This #ownvoices book tackles some emotionally-heavy and vastly important topics – so relevant in our world today.

 

Synopsis:

Weaving current events with flashbacks of her childhood, this story is about Afaf, A Palestinian American woman who wrestles with her identity and faith before she encounters a shooter at the school she runs.

 

Review:

Beautifully written! So haunting and desolate, but tinged with hope and resilience. This #ownvoices book tackles some emotionally-heavy and vastly important topics – so relevant in our world today. Religion, family, prejudice, community, racism, loyalty, forgiveness, identity. They’re all woven together so beautifully!

The flashbacks to Afaf’s complex past carry the majority of the story, and build the basis for how Afaf reacts to coming face to face with a shooter at the school where she works. Her past is full of both disappointment and growth, both balanced and contrasted so gracefully. The search for identity is a huge theme, and is what Afaf has struggled the most with throughout her life and losses.

I had trouble putting this book down, and hope that other people feel the same and share this story and its lessons with others. I can see this book being in my top 5 of the year!
 
Thank you to W. W. Norton Company for the advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
 

Book Details

The Beauty of Your Face
by Sahar Mustafah
Hardcover, 312 pages
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by W. W. Norton Company

Summary

Beautifully written! So haunting and desolate, but tinged with hope and resilience. This #ownvoices book tackles some emotionally-heavy and vastly important topics - so relevant in our world today. I had trouble putting this book down, and hope that other people feel the same and share this story and its lessons with others. I can see this book being in my top 5 of the year!

— Cassie
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