The Beauty of Your Face with Sahar Mustafah

The Muslim Student Association at the University of Utah invites you to join Sahar Mustafah for a reading and Q&A about her novel The Beauty of Your Face.

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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.

This event was made possible with support from Weller Book Works, Book Club, and Utah Humanities.

Event date: 
Monday, October 19, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
607 Trolley Square
Salt Lake City, UT 84102
The Beauty of Your Face: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781324003380
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 7th, 2020

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.