Omer Aziz on "Brown Boy"

Weaving together his powerful personal narrative with the books and friendships that move him, Omer Aziz wrestles with the contradiction of feeling like an Other and his desire to belong to a Western world that never quite accepts him. He poses the questions he couldn’t have asked in his youth: Was assimilation ever really an option? Could one transcend the perils of race and class? And could we—the collective West—ever honestly confront the darker secrets that, as Aziz discovers, still linger from the past?

An uncompromising interrogation of identity, family, religion, race, and class, told through the author's incisive and luminous prose. For more on this author visit