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The Beauty of Your Face

(2020)
A novel by

 
 
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.

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"Rich with details of Islamic faith and Arab culture, The Beauty of Your Face is an insightful and beautifully drawn study of the complexity of being an American Muslim immigrant. This compelling novel brilliantly challenges the notion of a unified religious and ethnic narrative while laying bare the most universal of desires: for love, acceptance, and belonging." - Rajia Hassib

"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

"The Beauty of Your Face is 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

"Mustafah writes with a grace and precision that shows a deep understanding for the ways trauma can distort a life. The Beauty of Your Face is a richly empathetic work about the power of faith, family, and love." - Maurice Carlos Ruffin


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April 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Beauty of Your Face: A Novel
Author(s): Sahar Mustafah
ISBN: 1-324-00338-3 / 978-1-324-00338-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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April 2021 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Beauty of Your Face: A Novel
Author(s): Sahar Mustafah
ISBN: 0-393-54204-1 / 978-0-393-54204-2 (USA edition)
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August 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Beauty of Your Face
Author(s): Sahar Mustafah
ISBN: 1-78955-973-1 / 978-1-78955-973-6 (UK edition)
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June 2020 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Beauty of Your Face: A Novel
Author(s): Sahar Mustafah
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Title: The Beauty of Your Face
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Title: The Beauty of Your Face
Author(s): Sahar Mustafah
Publisher: Legend Press
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April 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Beauty of Your Face: A Novel
Author(s): Sahar Mustafah
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA