My illustrated short story titled "Stop Being so Picky, or Why I didn't Marry my Cat" is included in this book.
This timely collection allows us to hear firsthand the amazingly diverse voices of North American Muslim writers speaking for themselves. Stereotypes are overturned on every page. Shaped by an impressive interweaving of cultures, languages and ethnicities, these writers reflect on what it means to find home-especially when prejudices and distortions abound-and how powerful it can be to feel heard, recognized, welcomed. Through stories, essays and poems, they share their family lore, spiritual journeys, childhood dreams, and memories of homes they left. They offer prayers for our world. They show us how astonishingly vast and varied Muslim American identity and experiences really are. In this chorus of unique voices, there is a unity—whether Muslim-born or a convert, immigrant or North-America-born, a seasoned elder or a budding young poet—each writer invites us to fall in love with their humanity.