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Arafat, Zaina - You Exist Too Much

Arafat, Zaina - You Exist Too Much

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In a poignant and relatable coming-of-age story, Zaina Arafat's debut novel "You Exist Too Much" explores the complexities of identity, love, and belonging as a young woman navigates the intersections of cultural, religious, and sexual identities.


Zaina Arafat's "You Exist Too Much" is a captivating journey of self-discovery and acceptance, weaving together the threads of love, family, and the search for a place to call home. A young woman caught between cultures and identities, narrates her experiences with honesty and vulnerability, offering a poignant reflection on the challenges and triumphs of embracing one's true self.

Through vignettes that flash between the U.S. and the Middle East, Arafat traces her protagonist's journey from a blushing teen to a creative and confused adult. Opening up the fantasies and desires of one young woman caught between cultural, religious, and sexual identities, "You Exist Too Much" is a mesmerizing tale charting two of our most intense longings – for love, and a place to call home.

LGBT Themes:

  • Coming-of-age and identity exploration
  • Navigating the challenges of LGBTQ+ identity in a conservative culture
  • Finding love and acceptance amidst societal pressures
  • Embracing one's true self despite cultural constraints

Relevant Tags:

  • Coming-of-Age Fiction, LGBT Literature, Cultural Identity, Sexual Identity, LGBTQ+ Romance, Love, Acceptance, Coming Out, Family, Cultural Differences, Middle East Setting, LGBTQ+ Characters

Awards & Recognition:

  • Stonewall Book Award Honor Book
  • Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Debut Novel
  • Selected for the New York Times Paperback Row

Title: You Exist Too Much

Author: Zaina Arafat

Genre: Coming-of-Age Fiction, LGBT Literature

Pages: 272

Publisher: Dialogue Books (UK) / Hachette Book Group (US)

Release Date: November 30, 2021

Weight: 450 grams

Size: 132 x 198 x 22 mm

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