Wishing a very happy publication day to Sarvat Hasin, whose brilliant short story collection, You Can't Go Home Again is released today by Hamish Hamilton, Penguin India.
This beautiful collection of connected stories draws a powerful portrait of young Pakistan, at home and across the world. A group of teenagers in a Karachi high school put on a production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible, but before opening night, one of the students goes missing. The incident sets off a ripple effect, the young men and women grow up together and fall apart, haunted by wherever they go by the traumas of the past in these lyrical linked stories.
In Sarvat Hasin's contemporary world, young rakes and old friends move between Murree and New York; a failed soap opera star forms a poignant truce of a marriage with an unlikely man who has his own scars; churayls are a persistent spectre in the most modern of lives. Here is the real Pakistan of Mohsin Hamid and Kamila Shamsie, one generation younger-and a young storyteller to take on the legacy of Pakistan's chroniclers.
‘Haunting and lyrical, melding a dreamlike quality with the tastes, smells and sights of the cities this new generation of modern-day Pakistan inhabits and attempts to find its place within, in both the East and the West. Sarvat Hasin writes with an eye for the telling detail and a gift for pacing, often conjuring up the sense of a thriller in this series of interlocking tales, wherein surprising, engaging and sympathetic characters prove, ultimately, to be the greatest mysteries of all: to themselves and each other. You Can’t Go Home Again stuck under my skin long after the last page was turned’ - Tanuja Desai Hidier, author of Born Confused and Bombay Blues
‘Skillful storytelling, lyrical prose and masterful characterization. A formidable talent’ - Prajwal Parajuly, author of Land Where I Flee