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Angry, Queer Somali Boy - A Complicated Memoir

Angry, Queer Somali Boy

A Complicated Memoir

Hardcover : 9780889776593, 144 pages, October 2019


Writing from a homeless shelter in downtown Toronto, Mohamed “Mo” Ali chronicles how he ended up there in this powerful and often irreverent memoir of exile, addiction, and racism.  

Kidnapped by his father on the eve of Somalia’s societal implosion, Ali was taken first to the Netherlands by his stepmother, and then on to Canada. With its promise of freedom, opportunity, and multiculturalism, his new home seemed to offer a new lease on life. But unable to fit in, he turned to partying and drugs.  

Interwoven with world history and sociopolitical commentary on Somalia, Europe, and Canada, the story of this gay Muslim immigrant is told with tenderness in a refreshing and welcome new voice.  

"A tour de force. " —Omayra Issa, Radio-Canada journalist