By Mohja Kahf

Syrian immigrant Khadra Shamy is starting to be up in a religious, tightly knit Muslim kin in Nineteen Seventies Indiana, on the crossroads of undesirable polyester and Islamic costume codes. with her brother Eyad and her African-American acquaintances, Hakim and Hanifa, she motorcycles the Indianapolis streets exploring the fault-lines among “Muslim” and “American.”

whilst her picture-perfect marriage is going bitter, Khadra flees to Syria and learns tips on how to pray back. On returning to the US she works in an jap nation — taking care to stick clear of Indiana, the place the homicide of her buddy Tayiba’s sister through Klan violence years prior to nonetheless haunts her. but if her task sends her to hide a countrywide Islamic convention in Indianapolis, she’s again on regular flooring: Attending a live performance by way of her brother’s interfaith band The conflict of Civilizations, dodging questions from the “aunties” and “uncles,” and working into the lately divorced Hakim everywhere.

fantastically written and that includes an exuberant forged of characters, The lady within the Tangerine Scarf charts the non secular and social panorama of Muslims in heart the United States, from 5 day-by-day prayers to the Indy 500 automobile race. it's a riveting debut from a tremendous new voice.

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