A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped.

Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments – even the physical violence – she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Islamomisia (theme)
  • Racism
  • Hate crimes
  • Terrorism
  • Child neglect
  • Physical assault
  • Strangulation recounted
  • Animal dissection for science class mentioned
  • Bullying (theme)
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