Playing Games (Hardback)
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Playing Games (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages
Published: 09/11/2023
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Waterstones Says

A fight between her sister and her husband sparks a creative urge in Mira in Qureshi's beautifully wrought exploration of sisterhood, art and what it means to be a woman.

The remarkable debut novel from critically acclaimed writer Huma Qureshi: an engrossing story of art and sisterhood, family, marriage and betrayal.

Hana has a perfect job, a perfect home, a perfect marriage. It is her younger sister Mira who is a mess. But Hana wants children and her husband is hesitating, and perhaps her control is slipping.

Mira dreams of a creative life but she's stuck working at a local café. She hates her flatmate and Hana's dismissal of her writing but she can't find the right inspiration.

One night, a fight between Hana and her husband sparks something in Mira: the words ring in her head and she starts typing. But what can you borrow from your sister? And what can be forgiven?

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9781529368741
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 435 g
Dimensions: 220 x 142 x 32 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Poignant and impressionistic . . . highly readable and relatable . . . It is filled with hard decisions and harsh truths, but also the softer and more tender moments of life and familial love. Above all, sisterhood is front and centre. - Sana Goyal, Guardian

This beautifully written novel dives into the complex dynamic between two very different sisters . . . This is brilliant on siblings, secrets and the art of storytelling. I loved it. - Sara Lawrence, Books of the Year, Daily Mail

With jeopardy that keeps you turning the pages, as well as both the acuity and tenderness for examining familyand forgiveness, this is a gem of a novel - The i

Conflict, misunderstandings and a rueful acceptance of their sisterly differences fuel an emotionally engaging plot, but it's Qureshi's lambent prose that makes her novel such a radiantly honest read - Eithne Farry, Mail on Sunday

In beautifully light and charming prose, [Qureshi] gives the reader some deeply engaging romantic drama in the form of Hana's marriage and Mira's romantic encounters, which provide a deeply emotional and enjoyable backdrop for the philosophical musings. - Edel Coffey, Irish Times

Observant, bluesy . . . an emotive meditation on the ethics of art and the resilience of family bonds - Hephzibah Anderson, Observer

Huma Qureshi writes with wisdom and heart about two sisters in a fraught relationship - Pandora Sykes

Qureshi skilfully explores the dynamics of family bonds in this beautifully written novel - Jacqueline Ling, The i

Qureshi brilliantly captures the complexities of sisterhood in this intimate novel - Joanna Finney, Good Housekeeping

A carefully drawn portrait of two sisters at a personal and familial crossroads - Best Books of 2023, Marie Claire

A beautifully written debut - Red Magazine

A warm and moving portrait of two women's desires, equally overwhelming, to create art and to become a parent. Playing Games thoughtfully and elegantly considers what it means to be a sister, a mother and a writer, as well as the fine line between truth and fiction and what happens when one brushes up against the other. - Chloë Ashby, author of Wet Paint

A riveting and evocative tale of two sisters navigating love, loss and desires - Zeba Talkhani, author of My Past is a Foreign Country

A heartwarming tale of two sisters, and a bittersweet reckoning with what it means to make art; what we ask of and what we take from those we're closest to. Huma Qureshi is a writer with a beautiful lightness of touch - Lucy Caldwell, author of These Days

Playing Games is a tender, beautifully nuanced portrayal of sisterhood, of family, love and loss. Huma Qureshi has a rare ability to perfectly capture the details that make up a life, full of raw and real emotion. I adored it. - Sara Nisha Adams, author of The Reading List

A book full of raw emotion, tension and, ultimately, sibling love - Kirstyn Smith, My Weekly

Compassionate, thoughtful and thought-provoking - Haleh Agar, author of Out of Touch

Playing Games is a poignant story about the complexities and beauty of the bond between sisters. Huma Qureshi lucidly examines the curdled emotions of family and illuminates the inner process of the writer. Reading Qureshi's crystal prose is a rare pleasure. I found Playing Games unputdownable. - Molly Aitken, author of The Island Child

A poignant tale of two sisters that illuminates the complexities of family ties - Harper's Bazaar

Reading Huma Qureshi's Playing Games is a comfort. Familiar and tender, the characters are both relatable and infuriating, as only sisters are. It discusses art, love, family, and the large non-negotiable life decisions we all eventually face. For everyone who is a sister, has a sister, or wish they had a sister. - Jenny Mustard, author of Okay Days

I loved Playing Games. Huma Qureshi writes about relationships, whether it is sisterhood or marriage, with such tenderness that it will break your heart. She steers us through Hana and Mira's chaos with compassion and kindness. There were many instances when I wanted to give the sisters a huge hug, but at the same time, I wanted to shake them because they frustrated me so much. And you only do that with characters you deeply care about. - Sairish Hussain, author of The Family Tree

A moving, sensitive portrait of siblings caught between art, ambition and loyalty - The Bookseller

One of the best writers exploring family connections today - Jen Campbell, TOAST Magazine

Well-crafted . . . Playing Games is all about sisterhood, in all its gnarly glory - Alexandra Peake-Tomkinson, Financial Times

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“Masterful writing!”

Simply put, Playing Games is a masterclass in novels about sisterhood. I love how versatile this author is: from non-fiction to short stories and now a novel, readers are in for a treat. I felt as though I was living... More

Hardback edition
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“Masterful writing.”

Simply put, Playing Games is a masterclass in novels about sisterhood. I love how versatile this author is: from non-fiction to short stories and now a novel, readers are in for a treat. I felt as though I was living... More

Hardback edition
Helpful? Upvote 1

“Masterful writing.”

Simply put, Playing Games is a masterclass in novels about sisterhood. I love how versatile this author is: from non-fiction to short stories and now a novel, readers are in for a treat. I felt as though I was living... More

Hardback edition
Helpful? Upvote 1

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