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When We Were Sisters by Fatimah Asghar
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Oct 18, 2022 | ISBN 9780593133460

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“Pop culture will have us believe that all parentless pain must be channelised into greatness in a Potter world or a Gotham City. Asghar’s triumph lies in completely reclaiming identities from any such stereotypical lens… Our complexities are not unidirectional: we have all had experiences where we feel like we’ve been overlooked. Asghar shows a distinctive aptitude for translating the unsaid in our lives into emotions the characters contend with. Yet, they do it with a lyrical vulnerability that truly captures the world view of the place and the age of their characters.”Vogue India

“Lyrical, heartrending.”—Autostraddle

“[A] heartrending and lyrical novel . . . stunning.”She Does The City

“A lyrical Bildungsroman.”The Millions

When We Were Sisters is a stunning accomplishment in form, storytelling, and heart. This novel works language into its most jeweled form, into characters, sisters, that will stay with me for the rest of my life.”—Safia Elhillo, author of Home Is Not a Country and Girls That Never Die

“In this captivating, gorgeously written book, Asghar weaves a tale of sisters in the wake of unspeakable loss. Propulsively readable and experimental in form, this is an unflinching look at family, grief, and reclamation—of self and other.”Hala Alyan, author of Salt Houses and The Arsonists’ City

When We Were Sisters is a beautiful, richly layered exploration of the generosity that is required to raise oneself, to raise others, to build a world where the people you love can feel safe and whole. Fatimah Asghar is an impressive writer precisely because of how she doesn’t withhold tenderness, and lets it play and flourish amongst all of the brilliant lyricism, narrative sharpness, and vibrant characters who fill this incredible book.”—Hanif Abdurraqib, author of A Little Devil in America

When We Were Sisters is a spellbinding tale of three sisters in an explosion of grief and orphaned heartbreak. A fearlessly raw and heart-stopping portrait of the intimacy of violence, it pulses with poetic lyricism and raw beauty. Fatimah Asghar has written a truly dazzling story, a journey into the dark crevices of childhood trauma and loneliness.”—Julián Delgado Lopera, author of Fiebre Tropical

“Compelling . . . sometimes lyrical, sometimes heartbreaking . . . skillfully crafted . . . a moving journey. . . An assured first novel explores the bonds and divides among three orphaned sisters.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Elegant . . . Asghar’s poetic sensibilities are on full display in the lyrical and oblique prose . . . and the frequent formal experimentation enlivens the text. . . . The result is a creative telling of a tender coming-of-age tale.”Publishers Weekly

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