Mai Al-Nakib and the Power of Not Belonging

April 21, 2022

At Electric Literature, Mai Al-Nakib discusses her debut novel, An Unlasting Home, a family saga that follows generations of women across Kuwait, the U.S., India, and more. “There is a degree of empowerment in not belonging; it allows you to pivot and to create possibilities for yourself that are often fruitful,” she says. “This is the case for Maria, moving herself from Goa to Pune and then to Kuwait, making a life for her children that would not have been possible without her capacity to tolerate non-belonging.”

is a writer and illustrator. She is the author of two illustrated books, Last Night's Reading (Penguin Books, 2015) and Sanpaku (Archaia 2018).

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