P&P Live!: Zaina Arafat – You Exist Too Much - in conversation with Rachel Yoder

Upcoming Event
Friday, July 31, 2020 - 8:00pm

This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series. 

On a hot day in Bethlehem, a 12-year-old Palestinian-American girl is yelled at by a group of men outside the Church of the Nativity. She has exposed her legs in a biblical city, an act they deem forbidden, and their judgement will echo on through her adolescence. When our narrator finally admits to her mother that she is queer, her mother's response only intensifies a sense of shame: "You exist too much," she tells her daughter.

Opening up the fantasies and desires of one young woman caught between cultural, religious, and sexual identities, Zaina Arafat's You Exist Too Much is a captivating story charting two of our most intense longings--for love, and a place to call home.

Arafat will be in conversation with Rachel Yoder, author of the debut novel Nightbitch, forthcoming from Doubleday in June 2021. She is the co-founder of draft: the journal of process and a senior agent at The Tuesday Agency. Find links to her writing and more about her book at racheljyoder.com.


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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Fiction & Poetry
You Exist Too Much: A Novel By Zaina Arafat Cover Image
ISBN: 9781948226509
Availability: Backordered
Published: Catapult - June 9th, 2020

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