Published in 2018, A Very Large Expanse of Sea is a contemporary young adult novel that takes place in 2002. Written by Tahereh Mafi, herself the daughter of Iranian-American immigrants, the book tells the story of a teenage Muslim American girl dealing with racism and Islamophobia in the wake of 9/11. A Very Large Expanse of Sea was nominated for several awards including the National Book Award and the NAACP Image Award.
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