Between Everything and Nothing: The Journey of Seidu Mohammed and Razak Iyal and the Quest for Asylum

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6.4 X 9.1 X 1.3 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author

JOE MENO is a fiction writer and journalist who lives in Chicago. He is the winner of the Nelson Algren Literary Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the Great Lakes Book Award and was a finalist for the Story Prize. The bestselling author of seven novels and two short story collections, including Marvel and a Wonder, The Boy Detective Fails, and Hairstyles of the Damned, he is a professor in the English and creative writing department at Columbia College Chicago. Find out more at


A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

"Meno vividly shows how migrants seeking refuge are inhumanely treated in many countries--disappeared into jails and detention centers, forced to pay bribes to law enforcement, left without recourse if they are robbed, and threatened with death." --Alexis Okeowo, The New York Times Book Review

"Meno brings his skills as a novelist to bear on this account of contemporary migration, alternating between journalism and flights of creative nonfiction." --Tal Rosenberg, Chicago Magazine

"Riveting . . . Accompanying these men on their journeys to Manitoba will give readers a more complex appreciation of what refugees and other immigrants are willing to suffer in order to gain the freedom which is expected in North America." --Bill Rambo, Winnipeg Free Press

"Meno puts the men's struggles in the larger context of a deeply flawed and exploitative global immigration system, delivering a powerful, nuanced perspective on a treacherous world for vulnerable people." --The National Book Review

"This book weaves comprehensive interviews together with detailed research about the United States immigration system. The result: a very human look at the particularly difficult journey faced by these two men combined with an examination of the flaws inherent in the system as a whole . . . An undeniably compelling read." --Beth Mowbray, The Nerd Daily

"In his first nonfiction book, acclaimed fiction writer Meno presents a powerful and eye-opening recounting of each asylum-seeker's harrowing odyssey, essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the current immigration crisis." --Booklist (starred review)

"If you want to be better informed about the immigration issue, you need look no further than bestselling author Joe Meno's debut nonfiction book, Between Everything and Nothing . . . [It] will prove to be an eye opener for most and a rude awakening for some." --Matt Ellis, The Coachella Review

"A suspenseful account of two Ghanaian refugees' quest for political asylum . . . Meno's well-written story of survival and friendship puts individual faces on the plight of millions of refugees around the world. Readers will be equal parts outraged and inspired by this novelistic account." --Publishers Weekly

"Meno writes deftly, with a fine sense of detail and place, bringing an all-too-common story to life. A well-paced and engaging account, highly relevant to current political debates." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Based heavily on the refugees' own accounts and supplemented by the author's research, this work will be valued by general readers interested in the stories of recent refugees." --Library Journal

"An urgent and humane page-turner . . . Between Everything and Nothing at heart stands as a vital portrait of an inhuman system and the desperate souls that it crushes." --Alan Scherstuhl, Shelf Awareness

"The most important book I've read in a long time, Between Everything and Nothing vividly dramatizes what the world needs to know about the tragic effects of our corrupt and dehumanizing immigration system. Though harrowing, the story of Seidu Mohammed and Razak Iyal is also deeply inspiring, revealing how two powerless but fiercely courageous asylum seekers, battered by years of injustice and cruelty, held fast to their religious faith, their dignity, and their love and hope for humanity." --Sigrid Nunez, author of The Friend