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An Emotion of Great Delight (Compact Disc)

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By Tahereh Mafi, Lanna Joffrey (Read by)
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Tahereh Mafi does something magical with the prose in this story. It overflows with emotion and can be hard to read at times, especially if you read it while your own life isn't going to well like I did. But really that's why I loved it. While, yes, Shadi's heartbreak and frustration will hit you hard, you'll also be able to fee how she heals and finds little bits of joy in an otherwise difficult time. Ultimately, I found it comforting and I can't wait to read it again. 

— Becky


From bestselling and National Book Award-nominated author Tahereh Mafi comes a stunning novel about love and loneliness, navigating the hyphen of dual identity, and reclaiming your right to joy--even when you're trapped in the amber of sorrow.

It's 2003, several months since the US officially declared war on Iraq, and the American political world has evolved. Tensions are high, hate crimes are on the rise, FBI agents are infiltrating local mosques, and the Muslim community is harassed and targeted more than ever. Shadi, who wears hijab, keeps her head down.

She's too busy drowning in her own troubles to find the time to deal with bigots.

Shadi is named for joy, but she's haunted by sorrow. Her brother is dead, her father is dying, her mother is falling apart, and her best friend has mysteriously dropped out of her life. And then, of course, there's the small matter of her heart--

It's broken.

Shadi tries to navigate her crumbling world by soldiering through, saying nothing. She devours her own pain, each day retreating farther and farther inside herself until finally, one day, everything changes.

She explodes.

An Emotion of Great Delight is a searing look into the world of a single Muslim family in the wake of 9/11. It's about a child of immigrants forging a blurry identity, falling in love, and finding hope--in the midst of a modern war.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781665096744
ISBN-10: 1665096748
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: June 1st, 2021
Language: English