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Lower Hutt’s First Girly Book Club – Cancelled
This month has us taking on memoir and We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir is an exploration of faith, art, love, and queer sexuality; a journey that takes artist and activist Samra Habib to the far reaches of the globe to uncover a truth that was within her all along.
Samra Habib has spent most of her life searching for the safety to be herself. As an Ahmadi Muslim growing up in Pakistan, she faced regular threats from Islamic extremists who believed the small, dynamic sect to be blasphemous. From her parents, she internalized the lesson that revealing her identity could put her in grave danger.When her family came to Canada as refugees, Samra encountered a whole new host of challenges: bullies, racism, the threat of poverty, and an arranged marriage. Backed into a corner, her need for a safe space–in which to grow and nurture her creative, feminist spirit–became dire. The men in her life wanted to police her, the women in her life had only shown her the example of pious obedience, and her body was a problem to be solved.We look forward to discussing We Have Always Been Here this month at book club!