Review: ‘Masha’Allah and Other Stories’ by Mariah K. Young

“What really makes these nine stories, though, even more than their interesting cultural diversity and storylines and their well-rounded characters, is their clarity, their truth. What I noticed most about each piece was the odd sensation that I was familiar with what I was reading, the cultures, the people, the way they spoke, the city, their experiences of driving a cab, learning Arabic (I even recognized some words and knew their meanings, since Arabic is quite close to Maltese), standing with others who are competing with you for labour, growing weed—things I’ve never before come close to experiencing first-hand.”
– Steph VanderMeulen, Bella’s Bookshelves

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