The Pact We Made (Paperback)
  • The Pact We Made (Paperback)
zoom

The Pact We Made (Paperback)

(author)
3 Reviews Sign in to write a review
£8.99
Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 06/02/2020
  • In stock

Available

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect

Featured on BBC Radio 4's Open Book * Featured on BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking * An ELLE Magazine cultural pick * Reviewed in the Observer

'Beautifully written' Joanna Cannon
'Fascinating ... full of personality' Guardian
'Brilliant ... What a debut' Pandora Sykes

'How could I explain to her that nothing in my life felt real? That in a country like Kuwait, where everyone knew everything about each other, the most monumental thing to ever happen to me was buried and covered over? For the sake of my reputation, my future, my sister's and cousins; the family honor sat on my little shoulders, so no-one could ever know.'

Dahlia has two lives. In one, she is a young woman with a good job, great friends and a busy social life. In the other, she is an unmarried daughter living at home, struggling with a burgeoning anxiety disorder and a deeply buried secret: a violent betrayal too shameful to speak of.

With her thirtieth birthday fast-approaching, pressure from her mother to accept a marriage proposal begins to strain the family. As her two lives start to collide and fracture, all Dahlia can think of is escape: something that seems impossible when she can't even leave the country without her father's consent.

But what if Dahlia does have a choice? What if all she needs is the courage to make it?

Set in contemporary Kuwait, The Pact We Made is a deeply affecting and timely debut about family, secrets and one woman's search for a different life.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008284480
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 200 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'So beautifully written and so important, and so cleverly crafted, it can't be a debut. But it is' Joanna Cannon

'[A] fascinating glimpse into the complex and contradictory life of a modern Kuwaiti woman... full of personality and touches of humour' Guardian

'A Kuwaiti #MeToo novel of muffled suffering and a bid for freedom- absorbing, brave and compelling' Leila Aboulela

'Truthful and courageous, radical and lyrical. I loved it' Hanan Al-Shaykh

'Brilliant book about the pressures of being a 30 year old unmarried woman in Kuwait - the struggle for modernity amidst patriarchal tradition - and the cultural failure to acknowledge trauma. What a debut' Pandora Sykes

'Set in contemporary Kuwait, AlAmmar asks us to reimagine the lives of modern Muslims as they struggle to reconcile the freedom of choice with the customs of their faith' BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking

'[A] fascinating debut ... nuanced and understanding' Observer

'One of those books you ration so it doesn't end too soon, it's beautifully written and unbelievably powerful. I loved it' Katie Lowe, author of The Furies

'A timely and deeply affecting debut with a voice that needs to be heard, at a time when it matters most' Charlotte Philby, author of The Most Difficult Thing

'The Pact We Made deals with one woman's search for independence' ELLE

You may also be interested in...

Troubled Blood
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
The Midnight Library
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
Small Pleasures
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
Ghosts
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
The Marlow Murder Club
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
One August Night
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
Leave the World Behind
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
How to Kill Your Family
Added to basket
£14.99   £12.99
Hardback
The Dinner Guest
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
It Ends With Us
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
Hamnet
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
Mayflies
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
The Castaways
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
The Lying Life of Adults
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Added to basket
Summerwater
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback

“An amazing debut”

Wow, this was such a good read. I am amazed and very impressed that this is debut novel. Set in Kuwait, this is the story of Dahlia who is rapidly approaching her thirtieth birthday and, to the chagrin of her mother,... More

Hardback edition
Helpful? Upvote 18

“What a read!”

Thank you to the publishers for this review copy.
The main character in this book will certainly capture your heart.
As the story develops you feel her pain in so many ways.
By the time I reached the end I was very... More

Hardback edition
Helpful? Upvote 17

“A Good Read.”

Set in Kuwait, Dahlia is fast approaching her 30th birthday and to the dismay of her parents, is almost past her prime years for marrying. Dahlia is a modern woman in her thoughts and outlook on life and she has a job... More

Hardback edition
Helpful? Upvote 16

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.