This is a really great, small, messy memoir about displacement and family and corporeality. Angry Queer Somali Boy tells Mohamed Abdulkarim Ali’s life story. He’s torn from his birth country and birth mother and placed in the care of his father’s new wife who is abusive as hell. They move out of Somali (without his father) to the Netherlands and then to Canada, where he stays for college too. And all the while, Ali is feeling alone and upset and hurt. It’s all in the tone of the words, the structure of the story, and the raw truth being told.
Best line: Fear must haunt every nomad at the beginning of a journey. -Mohamed Abdulkarim Ali