Human Parts
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Human Parts

Unlearning a Language

The American Dream was out of reach for my immigrant family

“W“What are you doing, habibti?” she asked, confusion growing into concern. I had been humming a quiet tune to myself and paused without looking up.

“I’m breaking the dolls’ heads,” I replied.

My mother tried to force a laugh, but her voice betrayed her. “Why?”

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