New York Times recently picked these three books by Muslim authors:
SALT HOUSES by Hala Alyan
Debut novel by Palestinian-American author Hala Alyan — the story spans four generations of the Yacoub family and their lives in the West Bank. New York Times says that “Alyan weaves in political events as a backdrop to their family epic and shows how displacement and intergenerational trauma can affect families for generations.”
THE CITY OF BRASS by S. A. Chakraborty
First in a projected trilogy, this fantasy novel is set in 18th century Caro and follows Nahri, a thief who doesn’t know her origins and speaks a language inherited by dead parents she doesn’t remember. New York Times says, “the novel feels like a friendly hand held out across the world.”
LAILAH’S LUNCHBOX: A Ramadan Story by Reem Faruqi and illustrated by Lea Lyon
The New York Times says that this picture book is a “good introduction to Ramadan for young readers, ages 5 to 8.” The story is about a girl named Lailah who finds herself in a new country during Ramadan, and learns how to explain her faith to her fellow students and new friends.