Once Upon an Eid is a collection of short stories that showcases the most brilliant Muslim voices writing today, all about the most joyful holiday of the year: Eid!
Eid: The short, single-syllable word conjures up a variety of feelings and memories for Muslims. Maybe it’s waking up to the sound of frying samosas or the comfort of bean pie, maybe it’s the pleasure of putting on a new outfit for Eid prayers, or maybe it’s the gift-giving and holiday parties to come that day. Whatever it may be, for those who cherish this day of celebration, the emotional responses may be summed up in another short and sweet word: joy. The anthology will also include a poem, graphic-novel chapter, and spot illustrations.
Once Upon an Eid by S.K. Ali, Aisha Saeed, Randa Abdel-Fattah, Huda Al-Marashi, Sara Alfageeh, Hanna Alkaf , Ashley Franklin, Asmaa Hussein, Hena Khan, Rukhsana Khan, Ayesha Mattu, Candice Montgomery, N.H. Senzai, Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow & G. Willow Wilson
Author: S.K. Ali and others
Publishing Date: May 5th, 2020
Publisher: Amulet Books
I am not a fan of short stories, It is hard to keep a good balance. When I came across this book, I just knew that I have to read it.
It is based on 15 stories, celebrating eid in different cultures, countries and families. Eid is just around the corner so It is perfect time to read it.
I just loved the concept…Stories were simple, beautiful and heartwarming. Some were like sunshine in chilly winters others were like finding shadow of trees in hot summer afternoon. One thing was common in all stories “HOPE”.
There were so many elements: stories of cousin bantering, to kids taking responsibility of their siblings, broken families, happy families, family traditions, new traditions, kind neighbors, mean kids…I loved the way most of the characters were just human without any tag of religion.
Bonus: A lot of food from different countries…I googled all of these and I was drooling.
I simply loved it.
Advance Eid Muabarak you guys ❤