Out Now: A Coming-of-Age Tale in “Hijab Butch Blues: A Memoir”
“Hijab Butch Blues: A Memoir” is a coming-of-age journey — both a literal one from an affluent Middle Eastern country to New York City, and an intimate one from the clashing intersections of one person’s identity to self-love. It starts with the narrator discovering a bond with Maryam, the mother of Jesus, in the Quran because of a mutual lack of interest in men. Encounters with homophobia and Islamophobia and Quranic stories are interspersed throughout.
This is the first novel from Lamya H (who uses a pseudonym), a writer of essays and former Lambda Literary Fellow. NPR describes the book as “more than a must-read. It’s a study guide on Islam, a handbook for abolitionists, and a queer manifesto. It inspires critical thinking, upholds activist self-care, and permits the defining of one’s own queerness. By the end of it, readers will see queerness—theirs, others’, and the concept—’for what it is: a miracle.’”