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‘Heartbreaking and really funny.’ Ross Gay
‘This book fell into my heart.’ Sabrina Mahfouz
‘The kind of authentic voice that is rarely heard.’ Saima Mir
This is the story of a child raised in Canada by parents who embraced a puritanical version of Islam to shield them from racism. The author explores the joys and sorrows of growing up in a fundamentalist Muslim household, wedding grand historical narratives of colonialism and migration to the small intimate heartbreaks of modern life. In revisiting the beliefs and ideals she was raised with, Chaudhry invites us to reimagine our ideas of self and family, state and citizenship, love and loss.
''The Colour of God is an engrossing read, not because it tells the story of one woman’s journey from "subjugation" within a puritanical sect of Islam to finding ‘liberation’ by taking off her veil, but because it refuses and interrogates these facile labels. Chaudhry is brilliant at dissecting how fundamentalism took root in her family, and she’s equally good at holding up a mirror to the culture that tends to dehumanise those who don’t conform to its norms.' - Monica Ali, author of Brick Lane and Refugee Tales
'The Colour of God meditates on the ways--illuminates the ways--identity, nation, religion, gender, and family are constituted and troubled. It's heartbreaking and, at times, really funny; the profoundly generous heart behind the questions this book asks.' - Ross Gay, bestselling author of The Book of Delights