Notes on the Flesh is a collection of short stories that unravel the intricacies of identity, love, and illness in the Middle East. Unreliably narrated, these are the stories of women and men who have lost the war against patriarchy. Adolescent love, intimacy and familial sacrifices are the shadows that accentuate the unhealable rift between tradition and modernity.
“With echoes of Nancy Mairs and Audre Lorde, Shahd Alshammari’s sensous prose weavers together a bold disability narrative with poignant stories that explore identity, loss and love, calling us to reimagine life beyond the boundaries of ‘normality’.”
Dr. Stella Bolaki, author of Illness as Many Narratives: Arts, Medicine an Culture (Edinburgh University Press, 2016).
“This book is an intimate architecture of disabilites – physical, cultural, religious, and psychological – that emerges from a desire for a truthful expression of life in a society that cannot abide the complexities of life and desire. Shahd Al Shammari’s hybrid book, a series of thwarted narratives of despair, love, longing and corruption, goes a long way to casting – and direction – on the Kuwait situation.”
Keith Jardim, author of Near Open Water (Peepal Tree Press Ltd., 2011)