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Publisher's Summary

Muddy People is a hilarious, heartwarming memoir of growing up and becoming oneself in an Egyptian Muslim family.

Soos is coming of age in a household with a lot of rules. No bikinis, despite the Queensland heat. No boys, unless he’s Muslim. And no life insurance, not even when her father gets cancer.

Soos is trying to balance her parents’ strict decrees with having friendships, crushes and the freedom to develop her own values. With each rule Soos comes up against, she is forced to choose between doing what her parents say is right and following her instincts. When her family falls apart, she comes to see her parents as flawed, their morals based on a muddy logic. But she will also learn that they are her strongest defenders.

©2021 Sara El Sayed. Recorded by arrangement with Black Inc. (P)2021 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Both cosmopolitan and Australian at the same time, Muddy People is like the best kind of cake: warm, sweet, a bit nutty - and made with so much love." (Alice Pung, author of Unpolished Gem)

"Sara El Sayed's writing is fresh, vibrant and dynamic. This is the kind of mud that will dirty your hands and cleanse your spirit." (Michael Mohammed Ahmad, author of The Lebs)

"A beautifully told story of parents and children, pain and loss, and the love that binds people together." (Rohan Wilson, author of The Roving Party)

"With elegant lyricism, compelling urgency and a dark sense of humour, Muddy People by Sara El Sayed is an impressive debut memoir." (Books + Publishing)

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