Licking Fingerprints is a recording of chewed thoughts, labyrinthine emotions, and latent disturbances in the form of prose and blank verse poetry. It portrays the intrapersonal conflicts of a woman, raised Muslim, to a Malaysian father and a Korean, previously Christian, mother. She immigrates to the United States, four years after 9/11. Struggling to retain her authenticity, she attempts to balance the need for individualism and the need for conformity in order to sustain her new life in the States. In the context of Malay-Muslim culture, the piece depicts the almost excessive integration of religion into the culture of Malaysian society itself. On the topic of Islam, the piece elaborates on the religion's spectrum of application and its implications. Other subjects within the book include bi-culturalism, religious dysphoria, cultural relativism, rosy retrospection, and ethical subjectivism. Overall, Licking Fingerprints tackles the cancer that torments us all- change.
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"Some look for challenges or for journeys into the far reaches of writing and creation. To those eager readers, I have a perfect book for you." "Licking Fingerprints: A Collection of One-Sided Conversations, the new book by Sarah Suhaimi, is the product of one fearless writer willing to push boundaries of literature. It is a woman's quest for understanding and identity, in a culture and heritage, at times, at odds with itself and of an artist willing to express the thought patterns of personal perspective and emotional change." "Suhaimi has a rare gift as a poet, never looking or speaking down to the reader. Suhaimi never assumes too much and always gives up enough visuals to please the mind's eye." "...a tiny jewel of insightful observations and descriptive emotions." "4/5" -San Francisco Book Review