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Korey B’s Review:

Hijab Butch Blues: A Memoir

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Lamya H’s Hijab Butch Blues is a powerful and life-affirming story of coming-of-age and self-discovery.

The debut memoir from author Lamya H, a queer Muslim immigrant, explores the complexities of faith and identity through a series of personal essays and narratives. The book is a passionate narrative that delves into the author’s internal conflicts and struggles as she navigates the rugged terrain of discovering herself while honoring her religious beliefs.

The author’s careful, discerning prose makes for a poignant and captivating read. Through her intimate anecdotes, Lamya H explores the fundamental conflicts of queerness and self, family, and faith. The book is woven with stories from the Quran, which the author uses to strengthen her relationship with Allah.

One of the book’s most striking elements is its exploration of what coming out means in a world full of historically immutable identities. It offers an empathetic look at the complexities of race, sexual orientation, and religion.

Hijab Butch Blues is a life-affirming story of coming-of-age that will resonate with readers from all backgrounds. Though the author’s experiences may look different from one’s own, the book’s emotional power and ability to connect with readers is undeniable. The author’s journey is relatable and inspiring, and her consistent hope is a powerful reminder of the importance of being true to oneself.

The book is also a timely contribution to conversations on power, justice, healing, and devotion. The author’s determination to fight for a better world is inspiring, and her exploration of her evolving relationship with her religion is thought-provoking and illuminating. It is a skillful work, written with tenderness and compassion, that will leave readers feeling uplifted and empowered.