Sara El Sayed Reads from Muddy People
From Damian Barr’s Literary Salon Podcast
Damian Barr’s Literary Salon tempts the world’s best writers to read exclusively from their latest greatest works and share their own personal stories. Star guests include Jojo Moyes, John Waters, Yaa Gyasi, Mary Beard, Diana Athill and Louis de Bernières—all in front of a live audience at leading glamorous locations world-wide. Our London home is the Savoy. Suave salonnière Damian Barr is your host.
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Our book of the week is for anyone who’s ever felt that they were the “other.” After leaving Egypt when Sara was only six years old, her family slowly learns how to navigate the social dynamics of their new home. Her father refuses to buy his co-workers a ginger beer, thinking it contains alcohol. Her mother won’t wear a hijab, even if it would help them to connect with other local Muslims. And Sara learns that her parents are loving, but flawed in their own ways.
Muddy People is a funny, heartwarming memoir of growing up and becoming yourself in an Egyptian Muslim family living in Australia. Published by Greystone Press and available now.
This podcast is edited and produced by Megan Bay Dorman, and programmed by Matt Casbourne.