I do not understand how any one can write such a funny tale with so much of the story set in a bleak period of Iran's history but Osamah Sami has done it. I laughed, cried, felt overwhelmed at the knowledge that there is truth underpinning the story and I hope I gained compassion towards other cultural practices. A Good Muslim Boy tells about a young man growing up in Melbourne as the son of a respected Imam. The pressure to succeed and to follow the family's studious ways is enormous. I know this is common to many families, especially those who need to leave home and become established in another country. I am fascinated by the experience of migrants/refugees. How do you know what cultural practices to maintain and what to jettison to make room for culture in the new land? Osamah Sami has given me a lot to think about. I really enjoyed his book. It would be a good one to discuss in a group.