When a Brown Girl Flees

By Karuna Riazi, author of A Bit of Earth and The Gauntlet

Beautifully, bravely and empathetically rendered, When a Brown Girl Flees is a vital addition to the growing Muslim young adult canon. Qureshi brilliantly includes and celebrates recognizable communal touchstones, while emphasizing this narrative's individuality as a particular (and necessary) experience among many, and encouraging both—a new facet of cultural and emotional depiction that offers warm familiarity while emphasizing its presence as one particular (and necessary) experience in what is a diverse collective, rather than a unified monolith. This title should be warmly welcomed, and widely shelved.