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Things We Do Not Tell the People We Love

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Audiobook Downloadable / ISBN-13: 9781529368703

Price: £20

ON SALE: 11th November 2021

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Fiction: Special Features / Short Stories


‘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

A collection about mothers and daughters, children lost, unborn, grown up, grown apart, and the dissonance between lovers. It exposes the silences in families and 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 displacement and also the desire to belong to someone, to some place; a yearning for love, intertwine these stories. The collection includes The Jam Maker, which has just been awarded the Harper’s Bazaar Short Story Prize 2020.

(P) 2021 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Reviews

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 <i>Intimacies</i>
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 <i>Love After Love</i>
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 <i>Conversations on Love</i>