A's Review of 'Unicorn: The Memoir of a Muslim Drag Queen' by Amrou Al-Kadhi

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Unicorn: The Memoir of a Muslim Drag Queen

By Amrou Al-Kadhi

Pub Date: 03 October 2019
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Biographies & Memoirs, LGBTQIA, Adult Readership
PGBB Reviewed on NetGalley 15 May 2019 ⭐5/5

 

Amrou Al-Kadhi’s writing glitters and flows effortlessly, as comfortable as a conversation between close friends. Meanwhile, hiding below the surface is an incredibly well structured, intelligent and intensive examination of so many of life’s most difficult and contentious issues: gender, identity, family, love, Islam, Christianity - to name a small sample - each handled with care. 

While the telling is easy and compelling, the story is hard and painful (and hilarious) in turns. And most rewarding is the way in which Amrou/Glamrou resolves all the disparate parts into an enlightened and uplifting whole by the end. Unicorn Is a multi-faceted gem of a book, much like its author. 🦄


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