Sahar Mustafah

Sahar Mustafah

Sahar Mustafah is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, a richly complex inheritance she explores in her fiction. Her debut novel The Beauty of Your Face is forthcoming from W. W. Norton & Company. Her short stories have been awarded the Guild Literary Complex Prize for fiction, a Distinguished Story honor from Best American Short Stories, three Pushcart Prize nominations, and a Best of the Net nomination, among other honors. Her story anthology Code of the West was published in 2017 by Willow Books. She is a member of Radius of Arab American Writers (RAWI), as well as a 2015 Voices of Our Nation fellow (VONA). Sahar also served with Voices of Protest, an artist collaboration begun by Chicago's Guild Literary Complex which seeks to promote the work of exiled writers and artists worldwide through the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN). She currently writes and teaches in Chicago. 

Photo credit Tamara Hijazi 

Books

The Beauty of Your Face

The Beauty of Your Face

A Palestinian American woman wrestles with faith, loss, and identity before coming face-to-face with a school shooter in this searing debut.

The Beauty of Your Face is a striking and stirring debut, one that reaches its hands straight into the fire. Sahar Mustafah writes with wisdom and grace about the unthinkable, the unspeakable, and the unspoken.” 

—Rebecca Makkai, Pulitzer Prize finalist for The Great Believers 

(W. W. Norton, April 2020)