Podcast Shownotes

[64] Rajia Hassib, author of A Pure Heart

“Look how people handle this very complicated tangled issue of morality and look at the extent they are willing to go to justify their actions. What I was trying to get to was that we’re all flawed.” – Rajia Hassib

Rajia Hassib was born and raised in Egypt and moved to the United States when she was twenty-three. Her first novel, In the Language of Miracles, was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and received an honorable mention from the Arab American Book Award. Her second novel, A Pure Heart, was published by Viking (Penguin) in August of 2019. She holds an MA in creative writing from Marshall University, and she has written for The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker online, and Literary Hub. She lives in Charleston, West Virginia with her husband and two children. 


Connect with Rajia on Twitter, Instagram, on her website.


Rajia’s book recommendations:

Salt Houses by Hala Alyan

My Past is a Foreign Country: A Muslim Feminist Finds Herself by Zeba Talkhani

The Beauty of Your Face by Sahar Mustafah

A Curious Land by Susan Muaddi Darraj (listen to Susan’s episode here!)

Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo

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Renee Powers founded Feminist Book Club in 2018 to provide a space for intersectional feminists to learn, grow, and connect. When not reading or running the biz, you can find her drinking coffee and trying unsuccessfully to teach her retired racing greyhound how to fetch. Favorite genres: feminist thrillers, contemporary literary fiction, short stories, and anything that might be described as "irreverent"


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