The Story of Us (Paperback)
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The Story of Us (Paperback)

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The Story of Us is a collection of 5 short stories about womanhood from a Somali perspective. The collection begins in the homeland and each story follows a different woman's life experience; from being trapped in a loveless marriage, to a young girl reflecting on difficult a breakup. This collection deals with unpacking hurt and loss and what becomes of the generation of Somali women refugees who grow up in the West. The women in this collection have lived through war and depict the aftermath of being at war with yourself. Hanna Ali is able to embody each of these women to show that where there is beauty, there is pain. 




Review by African book blog, Literanda:

"The language in this collection is stunningly lyrical, heart-wrenchingly musical, and unforgivingly real."



Hanna Ali is a Teaching Fellow, PhD Candidate, Artistic Director of Somali Week Festival and Kayd Somali Arts & Culture. About her debut collection, that was published both in Somali and English, she says:

"Through my short stories, I hope that people (Somalis in particular), will connect to feelings of uprootedness and to know that they’re not alone in their life experiences."


Prefer paperback and want to support your local book store? Find the Paperback edition of The Story of Us (English version) in one of the following shops in Europe focusing on independent and African literature:

LONDON, New Beacon Books: Bookseller with works from Caribbean, Black British, African and African American authors. 76 Stroud Green Rd, London N4 3EN, United Kingdom

Edinburgh, LightHouse: Independent book shop promoting non-mainstream and political writers. 43-45 W Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9DB, United Kingdom

Berlin, InterKontinental: Bookstore specialized in African literature. Sonntagstraße 26, 10245 Berlin, Germany

Brussels, Pépite Blues: A place presenting afro-literatures from all over the globe. Rue Anoul 30, 1050 Brussels, Belgium


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