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Product Details

  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Angelica Entertainment Ltd (Sept. 1 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956971946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956971944
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #184,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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4.0 out of 5 stars This book is essential LGBT African fiction Aug. 5 2016
By Read Diverse Books - Published on
Format: Paperback
This short story collection is only 150 pages, but the stories are powerful, memorable, and warrant a reread once you’re done. Each one is about gay, lesbian, or transgender Somalis living in Somalia, Kenya, or England. Somalia has had a troubled history of political turmoil, violence, and famine, so many of people we follow are refugees trying to build a life outside of their homeland. Many of the stories are tragic, but some are hopeful, and all of them are honest and relevant.

If you regularly read LGBT fiction, I urge to read Fairytales for Lost Children with an open mind and a willingness to explore nontraditional and non-western narratives. Also, please note that this collection includes stories that are sexually explicit. I personally thought the explicit content was relevant and realistic, given the subject matter of some of the stories, but others may not agree. The fact that these stories, written by a gay Somali, exist is a bold and powerful statement, so it is important to read them without judgment and allow the voices of the men and women who are traditionally silenced to ring loudly and fearlessly.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book of our times Oct. 24 2013
By Sascot - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
With such huge numbers of people being displaced around the world - and the numbers growing - this is a moving account from a Somalian of the hardships that his characters face. Persecution comes in all colours, shapes and sizes in these short stories, which are beautifully crafted if sometimes rather crude, in keeping with the lives the characters live. This is credible fiction, the prose gentle, sensitive yet non judgmental. If one thinks that English is clearly not the author's first language, then this is a huge achievement, with, one has to hope, more to follow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely in love. Aug. 26 2014
By Samira Moalim - Published on
Format: Paperback
An amazing, captivating, thrilling, heart wrenching book. A complete page turner. I recommend this to everyone. It's easily one of my favorite books. You will not regret this purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing read Dec 1 2014
By Miguel V. Gomez - Published on
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I am always looking to read books about my gay brothers and sisters from other cultures. These collection of stories are beautiful and rich.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the world just shook Sept. 23 2013
By Michael B - Published on
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This is a gem, the rhythm from the language exceptional ...the feel, the scenes are so real.

I have never read a book like this, it's a delight... Uncomfortable.... But so real.

Thank you Diriye