Book Review: Painted Hands by Jennifer Zobair

painted hands by jennifer zobair, muslim american, novel, writer

A few months ago I read Painted Hands by Jennifer Zobair. It’s possibly the first fiction novel I’ve read chronicling the lives of Muslim characters who are American, let alone three distinctly individual self-identified Pakistan American Muslim women – three young friends named Amra, Zainab, and Ruhaf.

I enjoyed reading this book and finished it in a couple of days – it is a light read, and I really couldn’t put the book down. The characters were very intriguing, and I felt so connected to the story, curious to know what would happen next, what drama, problem, or internal struggle would unfold, as well as how their friendships would play out amidst the changes in their lives. Continue reading “Book Review: Painted Hands by Jennifer Zobair”

Book Review: ‘Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, and Intimacy’

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Kindle edition of Salaam, Love.

The editors of the anthology Love InshAllah: The Secret Lives of American Muslim Women recently released a second anthology, Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, and Intimacy. They are both relatively quick, easy reads that are boundlessly insightful. The books’ stories have served as amazing conversation pieces for me – I’d recommend them for that reason alone.

A few things about this book were particularly powerful for me: Continue reading “Book Review: ‘Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, and Intimacy’”