Maya Abboushi

MiddleSouth tells the story of a 26-year-old, Lebanese-American girl trying to find a balance between her American lifestyle and her Arab-Muslim culture.

Layla has recently moved out of her parent’s home in the Atlanta suburbs and into an apartment in the city to assert her independence. Between her job as a feature writer for a small newspaper and her social life, Layla has little time to think about marriage and children, much to the chagrin of her mother. On a hilarious journey that takes Layla from the Southeast to the Middle East and back, she finds out a little more about herself and what she is looking for in life and love.

I live in Atlanta with my husband and three children. Middle South was published by Lanier Press last March, and I am currently working on a memoir titled The Marrow.