A few pages into Omar Musa’s first novel Here Come The Dogs, I stopped reading. I turned the book this way and that, trying to be sure I was actually reading the correct book (I actually did once find a book that had the wrong cover). What was this? What the heck was going on? After a while, I opened the book and got back to reading.
And I didn’t stop for a long time.
Set in the author’s own Australia, the compelling characters take us on a wild ride through the immigrant experience. The style is visceral and driving; the journey (for me, as an immigrant) hauntingly familiar yet also alien. The viewpoint is very male - which isn’t a criticism, but it is worth pointing out. For all that specificity - a story about the male, immigrant experience, informed by Hip Hop - it’s an effective story about the human condition, and thus, a powerful book.
Get it from the Hennepin County Library system.