Home Is Not a Country (Paperback)

Safia Elhillo (Author)
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Age Groups: Ages 13 to 15, Ages 16 to 18

This powerful novel-in-verse captures one girl, caught between cultures, on an unexpected journey to face the ephemeral girl she might have been. Woven through with moments of lyrical beauty, this is a tender meditation on family, belonging, and home.

my mother meant to name me for her favorite flower
its sweetness garlands made for pretty girls
i imagine her yasmeen bright & alive
& i ache to have been born her instead

Nima wishes she were someone else. She doesn't feel understood by her mother, who grew up in a different land. She doesn't feel accepted in her suburban town; yet somehow, she isn't different enough to belong elsewhere. Her best friend, Haitham, is the only person with whom she can truly be herself. Until she can't, and suddenly her only refuge is gone.

As the ground is pulled out from under her, Nima must grapple with the phantom of a life not chosen—the name her parents meant to give her at birth—Yasmeen. But that other name, that other girl, might be more real than Nima knows. And the life Nima wishes were someone else's…is one she will need to fight for with a fierceness she never knew she possessed.

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SKU 133686
ISBN 9780593177082
Language English
Lexile ® Measure NP
Page Count 224
Product Type Paperback Books
Book Type Young Adult Novels
Primary Contributor Safia Elhillo
Age Groups Ages 13 to 15, Ages 16 to 18
Publisher Make Me a World