I just finished this book and it was amazing! Kamal Al-Solaylee is from Yemen, he also lived in Beirut and Cairo, before immigrating to Britain, and from there to Canada. Al-Solaylee described the increasingly conservative changes that occurred in the Middle East and how it affected his family – he watched his brothers become increasingly conservative, along with his sisters and parents. He, himself wanted to leave as the environment in the Middle East was not conducive to the life style he wanted, including popular Western media, and the fact that he’s gay.
Al-Solaylee is, as far as I am concerned, a Canadian, even if he immigrated here, and I am proud to read books by Canadians. After a while, it sucks when you think that all good literature comes from the USA, England, or worse, from 150 years ago. I thought his book was really well written and so insightful about what it is like to be from the Middle East right now, without being super negative.
It’s definitely a very good read. I would check it out. It’s around $12 on iTunes.