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Things We Do Not Tell the People We Love

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781529368697

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‘A deft, satisfying and poignant collection of stories . . . I loved it.’ PANDORA SYKES

‘Huma Qureshi is a writer I know I’ll be reading for years and years and years’ Natasha Lunn, author of Conversations on Love

A breathtaking collection of stories about our most intimate relationships, and the secrets, misunderstandings and silences that haunt them.

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 make sense to each other away from home.

Set across the blossoming English countryside, the stifling Mediterranean, and the bustling cities of London and Lahore, Things We Do Not Tell The People We Love illuminates the parts of ourselves we rarely reveal.

*Longlisted for the Jhalak Prize*
*Longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize*

‘These are stories of fierce clarity and tenderness – I loved them’ LUCY CALDWELL, author of Intimacies

‘Qureshi writes with courage’ Ingrid Persaud, author of Love After Love

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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>
This collection has reminded me how much I love short stories . . . I devoured it cover to cover . . . the whole collection is seriously wise and moving; one I know I'm going to revisit.
Anna Bonet, Well Read
A sturdy, and very often moving, debut collection.
Katie Goh, The Skinny
Qureshi's stories keenly identify the everyday tragedies of feeling profoundly unknown or unheard, of holding secrets and misunderstandings . . . These tales vividly capture the experience of feeling constrained by family expectations, but also of not quite fitting the norms of British culture either . . . Qureshi takes the reader plausibly inside the inner recesses of characters' hearts and minds. Premonition beautifully recalls the intensity of a first crush, developed via "a private symphony of glances", before a bewildering first kiss leads to disaster. And she captures how such incidents can, in adulthood, seem insignificant and still life-defining . . . there are so many striking images to relish.
Holly Williams, Observer
Intimate and incredibly insightful
Stylist
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, Guardian
A series of beautifully written short stories examining the pent-up frustrations and the everyday betrayals that even our closest relationships can cause.
Francesca Brown, <i>Stylist</i> Christmas 2021 Gift Guide
[An] impressive debut collection
Sunday Times
A luscious debut . . Qureshi is a dab hand at yanking the rug out from under the reader. Her immersive, poignant stories - written mostly in understated prose - often have a sting in the tale . . I fell for this lyrical, moving collection and the woozy intensity that infuses many of its stories. Qureshi creates gripping plotlines and vividly drawn characters and - most importantly - she is a writer with something to say.
Gwendolyn Smith, i
Things We Do Not Tell The People We Love is a collection full of secrets and yearnings, the gaps and silences found so often in misunderstandings and miscommunications. These stories work to fill those gaps, creating found families and belonging, and showing the sides of ourselves others rarely see . . . Qureshi's writing conveys the emotions her characters cannot . . . Each story is tightly written and closely edited, ending at the perfect moment . . . Exploring different relationships - mother and daughter, friendships, young love, spouses - Qureshi pulls apart the emotions surrounding each one, making even the darker narratives relatable and evocative.
Terri-Jane Dow, Mslexia
Huma Qureshi writes like a psychotherapist, considering, analysing, explaining, seeking outconflicts, evasions, and discomforts . . . The form suits her: she succeeds in a short space in describing her settings and defining her characters . . . there are notes of optimism that sound from true love; and, as always, amor vincit omnia.
Brian Martin, Spectator
A beautiful short-story collection . . . heartbreaking and hopeful.
Red
One of the most talked-about short story books of last year.
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