You Exist Too Much by Zaina Arafat – Our Review
You Exist Too Much by Zaina Arafat is a magnificent book that is a must read to expand and acknowledge the voices of and the importance of diversity in literature.
Written from the perspective of a Queer Palestinian-American, the narrator is once just a shy young girl who throughout the book blossoms into her sense of self in adulthood as a writer and gifted DJ.
Shifting between two worlds, the book is striking in its portrayal of the U.S and the Middle East and the cultural nuances within each.
As a young girl, the narrator completes the cultural insult and exposes her legs to the men in Bethlehem, the shame that follows sets the scene for the story with her mother stating, “you exist too much”.
It is through this vein that the book exposes the devastating narrative that is often felt by women, women of colour and the queer community making it entirely remarkable.
Review by Lydia @ Great Escape Books