Good Intentions (Hardback)
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Good Intentions (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages
Published: 03/03/2022
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A heart-wrenching and beautifully told debut novel about love, family obligation and finding your way.

Nur and Yasmina are in love
They've been together for four happy years
But Nur's parents don't know that Yasmina exists

As Nur's family counts down to midnight on New Year's Eve, Nur is watching the clock more closely than most: he has made a pact with himself, and with his girlfriend, Yasmina, that at midnight he will finally tell his Pakistani parents the truth. That he has spent years hiding his personal life from them to preserve his image as the golden child. That he has built a life with a woman he loves and she is Black.

Nur wants to be the good son his parents ask him to be, and the good boyfriend Yasmina needs him to be. But as everything he holds dear is challenged, he is forced to ask, is love really a choice for a second-generation immigrant son like him?

Deftly exploring family obligation and racial prejudice alongside the flush of first love, Good Intentions is a captivating and powerful modern love story that announces a thrilling new voice in British fiction.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008450656
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 460 g
Dimensions: 222 x 141 x 33 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

‘Family obligation and racial prejudice sit alongside the flush of first love. Expect to be heartbroken’ Elle ‘[A] clever novel about vulnerability and victimhood that subtly subverts the reader’s expectations’ Sunday Times ‘Ever fallen in love with messy, confusing consequences for everyone involved? Then Good Intentions is for you’ Stylist ‘Kasim Ali boldly grasps the nettle of South Asian prejudice … what a tonic’ The Times ‘Good Intentions is so absorbing, compelling and beautifully written. Its ending brought me close to tears – what an incredibly assured debut. I can't wait to see what Kasim Ali writes next’ Beth O’Leary, author of The Flatshare ‘A beautiful and honest story… from a fantastic new talent’ Sareeta Domingo, author of If I Don't Have You ‘[A] compelling debut reminiscent of The Big Sick in storyline and Ordinary People in feel’ Living Magazine ‘Moving, modern and utterly engaging. What a talent’ Rhik Samadder, author of I Never Said I Love You ‘A love story full of hard choices and tensions, family obligations and racial prejudices. Not to be missed by fans of Modern Love’ Vogue India ‘A gorgeous, unbelievable debut’ Angie Kim, author of Miracle Creek ‘[A] clever debut… Ali explores racism, the difficulty of navigating cultural heritage and the travails of early adulthood [with] a climactic sucker punch’ Metro

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“Contemporary love story”

Great read. This is a very well written book featuring the complexities of mixed race relationships. It poses many issues for the reader and would make a thought provoking book club choice. Terrific debut novel... More

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“A brilliant poignant debut….”

The story centres on Nur, a young British Pakistani man struggling with the dilemma of introducing his long time Sudanese girlfriend, Jasmina, to his family.
Ali is excellent at developing the plot around the complex... More

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“An wonderful debut and Kasim Ali is definitely one to watch.”

Good Intentions follows Nur as he counts down to telling his parents/family about his partner (Yasmina) after four years of being together, familial obligations, religion and race are beautifully and honestly... More

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