A Good Country: My Life in Twelve Towns and the Ongoing Battle for a White America

Circa 1977 a the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia (Image subject to copyright)

Exciting news! The book I’ve been writing, researching and breathing for the past four years is finally on it’s way. Due out by Random House in February, 2022, the book is memoir braided with little known chapters in American history.

As Trump launched his campaign in 2015, Muslim families like mine were already grieving the execution-style murders of three beautiful, bright young students in North Carolina, followed by a year of unprecedented attacks on American Muslims. When the San Bernardino shooter was identified as Muslim in late 2015, and Trump used that as an opportunity to scapegoat us all, calling for a ‘complete and total shutdown’ of Muslims entering the US, we were stunned. As a mom of two young, sweet children, and a long time social justice lawyer, I considered everything I had witnessed and experienced having lived, worked, studied and worshipped all over the country. And then I dug deeper, exploring the color lines that had shaped my life in each of those places. I wanted to know how they had gotten there and in whose blood they were drawn. This book is a truer picture of the ‘good country’ my parents had chosen for its promise, and my painful realization that I could not choose it for my own children.

This website will soon be updated with more information about the book and an option to pre-order. Thanks so much for visiting.