Things We Do Not Tell the People We Love (Hardback)
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Things We Do Not Tell the People We Love (Hardback)

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Hardback 192 Pages / Published: 11/11/2021
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The debut short story collection from the author of the acclaimed memoir How We Met introduces a broad range of characters caught revealing sides of themselves they didn't know they possessed, such as the wife who walks out on her husband and the daughter who shuts her mother up for good.

Longlisted for the Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour 2022

A breathtaking collection of stories about our most intimate relationships: the misunderstandings between families, the silences between friends and the dissonance between lovers.

Set between the blossoming countryside of England, the South of France and Tuscany, and the bustling cities of London and Lahore, Things We Do Not Tell The People We Love shines a light on the parts of ourselves we rarely reveal.

A daughter asks her mother to shut up, only to shut her up for good; an exhausted wife walks away from the husband who doesn't understand her; on holiday, lovers no longer understand each other away from home.

The underlying themes of loneliness, secrets, family and a yearning for love intertwine these extraordinary stories from the award-winning author of How We Met.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9781529368673
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 320 g
Dimensions: 220 x 140 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

' ... there are so many striking images to relish.' - Holly Williams, The Observer 

' ... heartbreaking and hopeful.' - Red 

'Well told stories with well realised characters ... Qureshi, like [Jhumpa] Lahiri, is a companionable and considered writer, and this is a collection you can read enjoyably, rain or shine.' - Shahidha Bari, The Guardian 

'A deft, satisfying and poignant collection of stories which pivot around a moment of shock or revelation - and challenge the idea that shame can be unburdened and secrets liberated, by sharing them with others. I loved it' - Pandora Sykes

'Huma Qureshi writes the inarticulable distances between mothers and daughters, the consuming ache of longing for someone not yet kissed, the invisible, irreparable breaches in friendships or between lovers, with such pitch-perfect precision, such lightness of touch. These are stories of fierce clarity and tenderness - I loved them.' - Lucy Caldwell, author of Intimacies

'I admired Things We Do Not Tell the People We Love. Qureshi writes with courage and in these extraordinary stories capture the shame and loneliness of non-belonging and the challenge of self-acceptance.' - Ingrid Persaud, author of Love After Love

In this rich collection of stories, Huma Qureshi shows us the truth, mess and beauty of humans trying - and often failing - to understand each other. Just like love itself, her stories are full of honesty and mystery, pain and hope, and the memories we think we've forgotten, but that still steer our hearts. I'm still thinking about them. And Huma Qureshi is a writer I know I'll be reading for years and years and years. - Natasha Lunn, author of Conversations on Love

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