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The Beauty of Your Face: A Novel

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The Beauty of Your Face: A Novel

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The Beauty of Your Face: A Novel

by Sahar Mustafah 

One of the New York Times's 100 Notable Books of 2020

Longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, 
The Beauty of Your Face is “a story of outsiders coming together in surprising and uplifting ways” (New York Times Book Review, Editors’ Choice).

The Beauty of Your Face tells a uniquely American story in powerful, evocative prose. Afaf Rahman, the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, is the principal of 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, and into a profound and “moving” (Bustle) exploration of one woman’s life in a nation at odds with its ideals.


"Stunning.… A timely family saga with faith and forgiveness at its core."
Marie Claire

"How each member of the family finds his or her footing is worthy of an entire series of books, but Afaf’s particular strain of determination and optimism is what propels you to the end of this one.… A story of survival and hope, forgiveness and connection."
Elisabeth Egan, New York Times Book Review

"Rich and complicated."
Heather John Fogarty, Los Angeles Times

The Beauty of Your Face explores faith, family, and hate with haunting precision."
Emily Firetog, Literary Hub

"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 Prize finalist and author of The Great Believers

"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, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of The Other Americans

About the Author

Sahar Mustafah is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants. Her short story collection Code of the West won the 2016 Willow Books Prize for Fiction. She lives and teaches high school students outside of Chicago.

Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company,2021
Language : English
Paperback : 320 pages
ISBN-13 : 978-0393542042


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