The Other Half of You by Michael Mohammed Ahmad
Michael Mohammed Ahmad is the founding director of Sweatshop Literacy Movement and editor of the critically acclaimed anthology After Australia (Affirm Press, 2020). Mohammed's debut novel, The Tribe (Giramondo, 2014), won the 2015 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelists of the Year Award. His second novel, The Lebs (Hachette Australia, 2018), won the 2019 NSW Premier's Multicultural Literary Award and was shortlisted for the 2019 Miles Franklin Literary Award. Mohammed received his Doctorate of Creative Arts from Western Sydney University in 2017.
The Other Half of You is Michael Mohammed Ahmad’s third novel of an enthralling trilogy of autofiction spanning The Tribe and The Lebs. This novel continues the story of Bani Adam, Ahmad’s alter ego, who is a young Muslim Arab-Australian writer from Western Sydney. Bani now has a university degree behind him, as well as a relationship with a woman that he was forced to abandon due to family pressure. Bani Adam has known all his life what was expected of him. To marry the right kind of girl. To make the House of Adam proud. But Bani wanted more than this - he wanted to make his own choices. Being the first in his Australian Muslim family to go to university, he could see a different way. Written as a stream-of-consciousness letter to his son, The Other Half of You recounts Bani’s journey as he leaves behind a girl he loves and marries one he doesn’t at his family’s behest, trying to live a life he never wanted without cracking under the pressure of familial and social expectations.
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 26th May 2021
Publisher: Hachette Australia