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The Last Nomad

Coming of Age in the Somali Desert

by Shugri Said Salh

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The Last Nomad by Shugri Said Salh
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  • First Published:
    Aug 2021, 304 pages
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    Jul 19, 2022, 304 pages

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In her brilliant memoir about coming of age in Somalia, Salh chronicles unique survival skills and folklore learned from her nomadic mother and grandmother.

Somali-born Shugri Said Salh's debut memoir The Last Nomad is a triumph of storytelling that illuminates the nomadic culture of her ayeeyo (grandmother). Salh, who fled her country due to civil war and now works as a nurse in California, portrays an enduring connection with the Somali landscape, along with a legacy of poetry and practical skills. The scope of The Last Nomad is much wider than a childhood memoir or a refugee survival story. The author has recreated intimate details of Somali traditions; she also layers elements of history, ecology and politics in an account that will appeal to a wide range of readers and book groups.

Born in 1974 to a town-dwelling, English-educated father and a nomadic, illiterate mother, Salh came of age during a time of rapid social change. Her family dynamics reflected an ancient legacy of birth-clan alliances, expectations and conflicts. Her ...

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