Head Above Water


Head Above Water

Written by Shahd Alshammari
Translated by
August 5, 2022

‘Shahd’s sensuous prose [invites us] to reconsider the intricacies of love, the body, motherhood, […]the power of women’s education. A brave book.’ — Jokha Alharthi Omani, International Man Booker Prize winner (2019)


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Head Above Water takes us into a space of intimate conversations on illness and society’s stigmatization of disabled bodies. We are invited in to ask the big questions about life, loss, and the place of the other. The narrative builds a bridge that reminds us of our common humanity and weaves the threads that tie us all together. Through conversations about women’s identities, bodies, and our journeys through life, we arrive at a politics of love, survival, and hope.

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