Arab American Heritage Month Book Picks

by Sahar Mustafah

Chicago Review of Books Award

for Fiction Finalist

Book of the Year Finalist,

Chicago Writers Association 


2020 Great Group Reads


National Reading Group Month

Long-listed for the 

2020 Center for Fiction

First Novel Award

A New York Times Book Review

Editor's Choice

New York Times Book Review:

"It’s a story of survival and hope, forgiveness and connection. It’s not just about the beauty of Afaf’s face, as the title implies, it’s about the beauty of her heart and the hearts of the people around her, no matter how lonely or scared they are." --Elisabeth Egan

"The indelible story of a Palestinian-American woman whose life is torn apart by loss, finds solace in her faith, and faces a violent threat that tests how far she has come. Sahar Mustafah writes about family and community with compassion and sensitivity. The Beauty of Your Face is a gift to readers."

--Laila Lalami, author of The Other Americans

"Mustafah writes with a grace and precision that shows a deep understanding for the ways trauma can distort a life. The Beauty of Your Face is a richly empathetic work about the power of faith, family, and love."

--Maurice Carlos Ruffin, author of We Cast a Shadow

"Rich with details of Islamic faith and Arab culture, The Beauty of Your Face is an insightful and beautifully-drawn study of the complexity of being an American Muslim immigrant. This compelling novel brilliantly challenges the notion of a unified religious and ethnic narrative while laying bare the most universal of desires: for love, acceptance, and belonging.” --Rajia Hassib, author of In the Language of Miracles

The Beauty of Your Face is a striking and stirring debut, one that reaches its hands straight into the fire. Sahar Mustafah writes with wisdom and grace about the unthinkable, the unspeakable, and the unspoken.”

--Rebecca Makkai, Pulitzer finalist for The Great Believers

Also by Mustafah:
If you are reading
The Beauty of Your Face
for your next book club selection,
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to schedule
 a virtual reading and Q &A.  

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