Fiction/Non Fiction: Non-fiction
Themes: Memoir, LGBTQIA+, religion, found family, immigration and so much more.
One sentence summary: I can't put it better than the tagline of the book - 'A Queer Muslim Memoir'.
Overview: We follow Habib from a young age in Pakistan, their immigration to Canada, the finding of their queerness, their issues this causes with their religion and the incredible project they now work on. It's not your standard celebrity memoir that brags and oozes privelige the whole way through, Habib takes you on their journey through life and it's a pleasure to be part of.
I adored this and was totally trasnfixed throughout. Habib's writing is so powerful and emotive. I felt every emotion with them. For a non-fiction, I really felt that it read like fiction. There was such intense imagery, such a flowing narrative throughout. Their story is beautiful, but not without trouble and is really one of those books I think everyone needs to read.
I really loved the messages conveyed through the book and the author;s desire for the freedom to express yourself as you want. I'll leave you with one of my favoutrite quotes: "maybe home was simply any plce where you felt seen welcome".
Would I read it again? Without a doubt. It was so moving and wrote so beautifully, I already want to re-read it.
Read this? Plan to read it? I'd love to know! Let me know in the comments below.
Available for purchase as part of our Road to Freedom box here.