A heart-breaking, irresistible collection of stories about the silences within our most intimate relationships, exploring the secret inner lives of South Asian families, and all that goes unsaid.
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.
In her beguiling tale 'The Jam Maker', Huma Qureshi offers a thought-provoking meditation on the complexities of cultural identity. - Harper's Bazaar