In the eagerly awaited follow up to the Miles Franklin-shortlisted The Lebs, Michael Mohammed Ahmad delves into faith, love, and the demands of family. A poignant tale, it traces Bani and the relating of his life story to his son, Kahlil. The worldview that was forced upon Bani by his own parents is explored, as well as his own alternate perspective. At times confronting, this ultimately empathic novel is a delight. 9.2
Michael Mohammed Ahmad's character Bani Adam is back, walking the streets of his town, railing against stereotypes, working the heavy bag in a boxing gym, reading books and trying to please his family. But now he has a baby, a child he addresses as he tries to make sense of his new identity as a father, in The Other Half of You (Hachette). - Kate and Cassie
A moving and timely novel about balancing the complexities of modern love with the demands of family, tradition and faith. A love story with a difference.
[...] it's this love, for his non-Muslim wife, their son, and his family and faith, that imbues this novel with such tenderness and insight.
The Other Half of You remains obedient to the obligation to transmit saving wisdom between generations. It also concludes Bani's long quest to find new wisdom to impart.