Between Two Moons: A Novel

Written by:
Aisha Abdel Gawad
Narrated by:
Suehyla El-Attar Young

Unabridged Audiobook

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2
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Release Date
June 2023
Duration
11 hours 34 minutes
Summary
LONGLISTED FOR THE NEW AMERICAN VOICES AWARD • A BOOKLIST BEST BOOK OF 2023 • Set in the Arab immigrant enclave of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, following three siblings coming of age over the course of one Ramadan, 'a moving look at family, survival, and celebration' (Hanif Abdurraqib, author of A Little Devil in America).

'Breathtaking.” —New York Times Book Review

'A gorgeously written and profoundly intimate debut.' —Etaf Rum, author of New York Times bestseller A Woman Is No Man

It’s the holy month of Ramadan, and twin sisters Amira and Lina are about to graduate high school in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. On the precipice of adulthood, they plan to embark on a summer of teenage revelry, trying on new identities and testing the limits of what they can get away with while still under their parents’ roof. But the twins' expectations of a summer of freedom collide with their older brother's return from prison, whose mysterious behavior threatens to undo the delicate family balance.

Meanwhile, outside the family’s apartment, a storm is brewing in Bay Ridge. A raid on a local business sparks a protest that brings the Arab community together, and a senseless act of violence threatens to tear them apart. Everyone’s motives are called into question as an alarming sense of disquiet pervades the neighborhood. With everything spiraling out of control, how will Amira and Lina know who they can trust?

A gorgeously written, intimate family story and a polyphonic portrait of life under the specter of Islamophobia, Between Two Moons challenges the reader to interrogate their own assumptions, asking questions of allegiance to faith, family, and community, and what it means to be a young Muslim in America.
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