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Things She Could Never Have

Tehmina Khan

Accomplished, sensitive, and often disturbing, these stories take us into the lives of modern Pakistanis—privileged and poor, gay, trans, and straight, men and women, in Karachi and Toronto. “Whisperings of the Devil” takes us into the mind of a mistreated maidservant’s boy who gets seduced into the role of a suicide bomber. In “To Allah We Pray,” two privileged and educated young men, one of them home from Toronto, gallivant through the streets of Karachi, finally walking into a doomed mosque. “Things She Could Never Have” is a love story about two young trans women living in Karachi. “Born on the First of July” opens the door into the home of a Toronto girl who has left to join ISIS and the devastated family she leaves behind. “The First” will astonish many readers by its depiction of sexual encounters of young college girls in Pakistan. These and other stories link us into the complexities of a sometimes troubled and often misrepresented Muslim society.

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“The reason I wanted more is because of what Khan does well: offering a kaleidoscopic
view of those so often rendered invisible.”

The Globe and Mail

“Powerful, rich, evocative and heartbreaking, Things She Could Never Have is filled with
memorable stories about religion, gender, marriage, family, country and culture.”

The Minerva Reader

“Tehmina Khan has given a voice to those people whom modern day literature shuns
and ignores . . . It is story collections like this one that are necessary now more than ever
before.”

Amie's Book Review Blog

"Khan’s writing is spectacular, and her characters rich ... A must read for readers who want to see the underbelly of Pakistani society and its diaspora." 
Blue Minaret



Tehmina Khan was born in Karachi, Pakistan, and holds degrees from Kinnaird College, Lahore, and Faculté des Sciences Humaines et Sociales de Tunis. She has her home in Toronto, where she lives with her husband, two children, and a cat, Kit Kat, and is currently working on a novel.
   

Short Stories
Paperback ISBN:  978-1-988449-14-2
$20.95  CAD ordered from Canada
$24.95 CAD ordered from US
186 pages
eBook  ISBN: 978-1-988449-24-1 (EPUB)
$9.99
Publication Date:  October 2017

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