The Pact We Made
Dahlia has two lives. In one, she is a young woman with a good job, great friends and a busy social life. In the other, she is an unmarried daughter living at home, struggling with a burgeoning anxiety disorder and a deeply buried secret: a violent betrayal too shameful to speak of. With her thirtieth birthday fast-approaching, pressure from her mother to accept a marriage proposal begins to strain the family. As her two lives start to collide and fracture, all Dahlia can think of is escape: something that seems impossible when she can’t even leave the country without her father’s consent. But what if Dahlia does have a choice? What if all she needs is the courage to make it? Set in contemporary Kuwait, The Pact We Made is a deeply affecting and timely debut about family, secrets and one woman’s search for a different life.
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About The Pact We Made:
‘So beautifully written and so important, and so cleverly crafted, it can’t be a debut. But it is’, Joanna Cannon
‘[A] fascinating glimpse into the complex and contradictory life of a modern Kuwaiti woman… full of personality and touches of humour’, Guardian
‘A Kuwaiti #MeToo novel of muffled suffering and a bid for freedom- absorbing, brave and compelling’, Leila Aboulela