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The Ordinary Chaos of Being Human

Edited by Marguerite Richards
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True stories. Soul-baring moments. No apologies.

Two schoolgirls in Yemen skip class, and wander into a yellow circus tent, empty except for one rusty cage. A Jordanian man spends a maddening summer in his sweaty apartment cursing his loud, ignorant neighbours. A woman in Beirut is heartsick, waiting for her kidnapped parrot to return. A young Bangladeshi-American argues with her father about her choice of boyfriend. A lady discovers the secret about the Pakistani neighbour who had stolen her birthday gifts. And an Iraqi soldier pines for an American journalist obsessed with someone else.

This ambitious collection is a four-year quest to find diverse stories from many Muslim worlds that build bridges between each of us, through intimate, and incredibly human experiences of love, loss, laughter and everything in between.

Published: Dec/2019

ISBN: 9789814867122

Length: 320 Pages

The Ordinary Chaos of Being Human

Edited by Marguerite Richards

True stories. Soul-baring moments. No apologies.

Two schoolgirls in Yemen skip class, and wander into a yellow circus tent, empty except for one rusty cage. A Jordanian man spends a maddening summer in his sweaty apartment cursing his loud, ignorant neighbours. A woman in Beirut is heartsick, waiting for her kidnapped parrot to return. A young Bangladeshi-American argues with her father about her choice of boyfriend. A lady discovers the secret about the Pakistani neighbour who had stolen her birthday gifts. And an Iraqi soldier pines for an American journalist obsessed with someone else.

This ambitious collection is a four-year quest to find diverse stories from many Muslim worlds that build bridges between each of us, through intimate, and incredibly human experiences of love, loss, laughter and everything in between.

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Edited by Marguerite Richards

Marguerite Richards is an American writer and editor, who has focused on food, travel, and culture writing for 17 years. She has spent a combined ten years living in Holland, Chile, France, and Sri Lanka. She speaks French, basic Spanish and Dutch, and is currently learning Sinhala. She ran the magazines promoting French culture to Americans for the French Government Tourist Office for five years. She is now living part-time in her native California, and part-time in Colombo, Sri Lanka, working on cultural projects full-time. She is interested in social media marketing trends and online content development, and works with companies and organizations that maintain a commitment to cultural tradition, diversity, and equality. Marguerite is motivated by people, and aims to build bridges through empathy, on words alone. She travels to understand cultural differences and the nuances that separate us.