Qasaaye is a stranger in a strange land. As a Somali refugee adjusting to life in Minneapolis, he always finds himself in trouble. But in these six lively short stories, Qasaaye is far from a tragic figure. Through a series of misunderstandings and cultural mix-ups, his funny and troublesome personality is on full display. Whether visiting the zoo, translating for his brother-in-law at a job interview, or simply riding an elevator, Qasaaye never fails to make a bad situation worse.
Author Abdullahi Janno crafts these stories that combine the classic immigrant story with a Charlie Chaplin-esque sensibility. Qasaaye is not only a fish out of water – he’s trying to flop his way back into the ocean as America tries to reel him back in. Qasaaye: A Collection of Stories is a simultaneously touching and hilarious take of a young man trying to find his place in the world.