The Story of Us is a collection of 5 short stories about womanhood from a Somali perspective. The collection begins in the homeland and each story follows a different woman's life experience; from being trapped in a loveless marriage, to a young girl reflecting on difficult a breakup. This collection deals with unpacking hurt and loss and what becomes of the generation of Somali women refugees who grow up in the West. The women in this collection have lived through war and depict the aftermath of being at war with yourself. Hanna Ali is able to embody each of these women to show that where there is beauty, there is pain.