As part of the very first South Asian Literary Festival, we bring three fantastic authors to talk about the "Rebellious" women in fiction, and why we're finally seeing nuanced South Asian female characters in literature, characters that go beyond oppressed woman/dutiful daughter etc.
The panel will consist of Jeevani Charika, Emma Smith-Barton and
Yasmin Rahman - Thusday 28 May, 1:30pm
You can order All the Things We Never Said by Yasmin Rahman here, but please allow 7 to 10 days before delivery.
Yasmin Rahman is a British Muslim born and raised in Hertfordshire.
As a child, she wanted to be a postwoman, but decided to settle for being an author.
16-year-old Mehreen Miah's anxiety and depression, or 'Chaos', as she calls it, has taken over her life, to the point where she can't bear it any more. So she joins MementoMori, a website that matches people with partners and allocates them a date and method of death, 'the pact'.
Mehreen is paired with Cara Saunders and Olivia Castleton, two strangers dealing with their own serious issues. As they secretly meet over the coming days, Mehreen develops a strong bond with Cara and Olivia, the only people who seem to understand what she's going through. But ironically, the thing that brought them together to commit suicide has also created a mutually supportive friendship that makes them realise that, with the right help, life is worth living.
It's not long before all three want out of the pact. But in a terrifying twist of fate, the website won't let them stop, and an increasingly sinister game begins, with MementoMori playing the girls off against each other.
A pact is a pact, after all. In this powerful debut written in three points of view, Yasmin Rahman has created a moving, poignant novel celebrating life. All the Things We Never Said is about friendship, strength and survival.
Publisher: Hot Key Books