This book of short stories would not exist without the editorial support of Haneen Alshujairy. Haneen and her family fled Baghdad in the summer of 2003 as Iraq succumbed to sectarian violence. After spending two years in Jordan, the Alshujairy family moved to Cairo. Haneen left Egypt after the Arab Spring to seek asylum in the United States. She now lives in Baltimore, Maryland. She and Justin met for the first time in 2014 after working on projects for nearly six years.