The Wrong End Of The Table (eBook)
A Mostly Comic Memoir Of A Muslim Arab American Woman Just Trying To Fit In
de Ayser Salman
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An Immigrant Love-Hate Story of What it Means to Be American
You know that feeling of being at the wrong end of the table? Like youre at a party but all the good stuff is happening out of earshot (#FOMO)? Thats lifeespecially for an immigrant.
What happens when a shy, awkward Arab girl with a weird name and an unfortunate propensity toward facial hair is uprooted from her comfortable (albeit fascist-regimed) homeland of Iraq and thrust into the cold, alien town of Columbus, Ohiowith its Egg McMuffins, Barbie dolls, and kids playing doctor everywhere you turned?
This is Ayser Salmans story. First comes Emigration, then Naturalization, and finally Assimilationtrying to fit in among her blonde-haired, blue-eyed counterparts, and always feeling left out. On her journey to Americanhood, Ayser witnesses a blowjob at pre-kindergarten daycare, breaks one of her parents rules (Thou shalt not participate as an actor in the school musical where a male cast member rests his head in thy lap), and other things good Muslim Arab girls are not supposed to do. And, after the 9/11 attacks, she experiences the isolation of being a Muslim in her own country. It takes hours of therapy, fifty-five rounds of electrolysis, and some ill-advised romantic dalliances for Ayser to grow into a modern Arab American woman who embraces her cultural differences.
Part memoir and part how-not-to guide,The Wrong End of the Table is everything you wanted to know about Arabs but were afraid to ask, with chapters such as Tattoos and Other National Security Risks, You Cant Blame Everything on Your Period; Sometimes Youre Going to Be a Crazy Bitch: and Other Advice from Mom, and even an open letter to Trump. This is the story of every American outsider on a path to find themselves in a country of beautiful diversity.