The Beauty of Your Face

The Beauty of Your Face

by Sahar Mustafah

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Overview

Longlisted for the 2020 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize

Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2020 by Marie Claire, Bustle, Real Simple, and Literary Hub


A Palestinian American woman wrestles with faith, loss, and identity before coming face-to-face with a school shooter in this searing debut.

A uniquely American story told in powerful, evocative prose, The Beauty of Your Face navigates a country growing ever more divided. 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, an emotionally rich novel that encourages us to reflect on our shared humanity. If others take the time to really see us, to look into our face, they will find something indelibly familiar, something achingly beautiful gazing back.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781324003380
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 04/07/2020
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 92,157
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

The daughter of immigrants, Mustafah explores her Palestinian heritage in her fiction. She was named as one the 25 writers to watch by the Guild Literary Complex of Chicago.
@SaharMustafah

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