Michael Mohammed Ahmad & Amani Haydar

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Published Jul 13, 2022, 3:44 AM

[Content warning: Domestic violence]

Acclaimed Sydney authors Michael Mohammed Ahmad and Amani Haydar examine the effects of love, expectation and trauma within families in their newest books, with a particular focus on fatherhood. Mohammed’s novel, The Other Half of You, is a letter from the main character Bani to his son Kahlil, revealing a tender and loving father. Amani’s memoir, The Mother Wound, tells of how she suffered the unimaginable when she lost her mother in a brutal act of domestic violence perpetrated by her father. Mohammed and Amani speak with Sarah Ayoub about the light and dark within families, and how racism and patriarchy perpetuate harm by dehumanising fathers.

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