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Intergenerational Trauma, a Desert Motel, and a Love of Music Informs Sabaa Tahir's New Novel

Author Sabaa Tahir
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Writer Sabaa Tahir

Sabaa Tahir is known for her popular Ember in the Ashes fantasy series, but her new novel, All My Rage is her first work of contemporary fiction. Sal and Noor grew up together in a small desert town. Sal tries to save his family’s failing motel while Noor struggles to get into college, her only way to escape her cruel uncle and their dead-end town. All My Rage is about family and forgiveness, love and loss. In this conversation we’ll hear Sabaa Tahir talk about how she used her own experience growing up in her family’s motel as a cornerstone to this novel, as well as the inter-generational trauma that parents, especially immigrant parents, pass on to their children.

Tammy works at Bemidji State University's library, and she hosts "What We're Reading," a show about books and authors.