Life as a Unicorn: A Journey from Shame to Pride and Everything in Between

by Amrou Al-Kadhi

On Sale: 05/19/2020

Life as a Unicorn: A Journey from Shame to Pride and Everything in Between

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Life as a Unicorn: A Journey from Shame to Pride and Everything in Between

by Amrou Al-Kadhi

On Sale: 05/19/2020

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About the Book

From a god-fearing Muslim boy enraptured with their mother, to a vocal, queer drag queen estranged from their family, this is a heart-breaking and hilarious memoir about the author’s fight to be true to themself

My name is Amrou Al-Kadhi – by day. By night, I am Glamrou, an empowered, fearless and acerbic drag queen who wears seven-inch heels and says the things that nobody else dares to.
 
Growing up in a strict Iraqi Muslim household, it didn’t take long for me to realise I was different. When I was ten years old, I announced to my family that I was in love with Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone. The resultant fallout might best be described as something like the Iraqi version of Jerry Springer: The Opera. And that was just the beginning.
 
This is the story of how I got from there to here: about my teenage obsession with marine biology, and how fluid aquatic life helped me understand my non-binary gender identity; about my two-year scholarship at Eton college, during which I wondered if I could forge a new identity as a British aristocrat (spoiler alert: it didn’t work); about discovering the transformative powers of drag while at university (and how I very nearly lost my mind after I left); and about how, after years of rage towards it, I finally began to understand Islam in a new, queer way.
 
Most of all, this is a book about my mother. It’s the journey of how we lost and found each other, about forgiveness, understanding, hope – and the life-long search for belonging.

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780008384319
  • ISBN 10: 0008384312
  • Imprint: Fourth Estate
  • On Sale: 05/19/2020
  • Pages: 304
  • List Price:32.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / General
  • BISAC2 : RELIGION / Islam / General
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  • BISAC4 : FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Prejudice
  • BISAC5 : PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General

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