‘A subversive debut’ GUARDIAN
‘Prose that dances with charge and potency’ LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS
*WINNER of a 2023 ASIAN/PACIFIC AMERICAN AWARD FOR LITERATURE and a 2023 SOUTH ASIA BOOK AWARD*
On a year-long exchange programme, sixteen-year-old Hira must swap the bustle of urban Pakistan for church and volleyball practice in rural Oregon.
Stuck between two worlds, her experience of America is sometimes freeing, sometimes painful, often quite painful. And while she faces racism and Islamophobia, she also makes new friends and has her first kiss.
But when her new life is blown apart by a shocking health crisis, Hira’s sense of belonging is overturned once again – forcing her to consider her place in the world.
‘Marks the debut of a thrilling new global voice’ Peter Ho Davies, author of The Fortunes