All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir
Narrated by Deepti Gupta, Kamran R. Khan, Kausar Mohammed
Books on Tape, Listening Library
Publication Date: March 1, 2022
When Misbah passes, she leaves behind her son, Salahudin, who will do anything to keep her legacy, the Clouds’ Rest Inn Motel running. His father is spiraling from grief and alcoholism and his best friend, Noor, is no longer speaking with him since The Fight. Noor is doing all she can to make her way to college, while her uncle does his best to prevent her. In the end, Salahudin makes some decisions that put both his and Noor’s futures on the line.
This novel is devastating in so many ways, and contains potential triggers ranging from parental death, alcoholism, abuse, Islamophobia and more. However, Salahudin and Noor’s friendship and belief in one another carries hope throughout the novel as well as Misbah’s steady voice (narrated by Deepti Gupta). Kamran R. Khan portrays Salahudin, while Kausar Mohammed reads for Noor, and their performance highlights these characters’ emotions of rage and of sorrow.
Those who followed Dill, Travis and Lydia’s senior year in Jeff Zentner’s The Serpent King, or Fabiola’s navigation of Detroit in Ibi Zoboi’s American Street might enjoy Tahir’s All My Rage.
Other Nominated Titles:
- The Bone Spindle by Leslie Vedder; narrated by Lindsey Dorcus (1/11/2022)
- Golden Boys by Phil Stamper; narrated by Michael Crouch, Graham Halstead, Shawn K. Jain, Briggon Snow and Karissa Vacker (2/8/2022)
The Selected Lists teams read throughout the year in search of the best titles published in their respective categories. Once a book is suggested (either internally or through the title suggestion form), it must pass through a review process to be designated an official nomination.
Each week, the teams feature a review of one of the officially nominated titles. Additional titles to receive this designation are listed as well. At year’s end, the team will curate a final list from all nominated titles and select a Top Ten.