Things She Could Never Have by Tehmina KhanThings She Could Never Have by Tehmina Khan

Things She Could Never Have

byTehmina Khan

Paperback | October 6, 2017

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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.
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.
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Title:Things She Could Never HaveFormat:PaperbackDimensions:186 pages, 8.53 × 5.5 × 0.3 inPublished:October 6, 2017Publisher:Mawenzi House Publishers Ltd.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1988449146

ISBN - 13:9781988449142

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tehmina a sensitive heart and a beautiful mind. After reading this book I sincerely felt that Tehmina deserves an additional title of a sensitive heart, besides the beautiful mind. She has told stories of those who don’t have means to tell them and to do so she has boldly gone in the dark spaces of Pakistani society where very few authors have gone before. Every generation has its own outlook on life, different but refreshing, Tehmina from the vantage point of her age recognised the need to make it known to world at large but in order to do so she analysed, argued, contextualized and confronted. The result is dazzling collection of twelve short stories that begins with the making of a suicide bomber and exposing the illusive but compelling contribution of privileged class in the process. The second story To Allah We Pray continues with the same theme and It highlights that no contributor can escape the consequence including the upper crust who live in siege like condition. Tehmina warns in this story that death can cross the threshold despite the locked and gated doors. Thus, she declares that absence of consequence is no more a privilege of elitists. Two more stories Things She Could Never Have and Born On The First Of July relentlessly deal with consequence of bomb blast and making of terrorist but from very different perspectives. Terrorism is tragedy of our time affecting all of us and Tehmina is determined to make sure it should not be taken lightly by anyone. Other issues which are no less poignant include intolerance of transgenders, their modus operandi in the struggle of survival in Pakistani society. Its ending will get smoke in the eyes of anyone when the main character fully knowing the futility of his request, asks his doting mother to visit him. Child beating and molestation are skillfully exposed in two other stories. Stories about arranged marriage, child bearing, fast Pakistani girls are comparatively soft but don’t dare to take them casually, specially the last one. Using stark, evocative prose, Tehmina will not let you enlist half-truths and false perceptions about the rich and civilised people of his country of origin. These stories continually undercut, enlarge and reshape reader’s understanding of enigmatic society she grew up in.
Date published: 2017-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!!! Things she could never have is a great read, the sort you find yourself immersed in it effortlessly. I found these stories thought-provoking, fascinating as well as disturbing. The author has done a splendid job in connecting some of the stories however I wish all the stories were linked together. Even though the stories are narrated in English but what I love the most is the intelligent sprinkle of Urdu literature in certain parts to make the stories sound authentic and profound. Overall the stories flow well and are driven by the characters interactions which in turn lead to their consequences. I really enjoyed this read, although I did want more and found myself wishing it was a full-length novel. Having said that, I would highly recommend this read to anyone who finds social and cultural topics interesting. I believe the author is writing another novel as we speak and I can't wait to find out what she's got in store for us.
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!!! Things she could never have is a great read, the sort you find yourself immersed in it effortlessly. I found these stories thought-provoking, fascinating as well as disturbing. The author has done a splendid job in connecting some of the stories however I wish all the stories were linked together. Even though the stories are narrated in English but what I love the most is the intelligent sprinkle of Urdu literature in certain parts to make the stories sound authentic and profound. Overall the stories flow well and are driven by the characters interactions which in turn lead to their consequences. I really enjoyed this read, although I did want more and found myself wishing it was a full-length novel. Having said that, I would highly recommend this read to anyone who finds social and cultural topics interesting. I believe the author is writing another novel as we speak and I can't wait to find out what she's got in store for us.
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read This debut novel comes loaded with great stories! Who is this young author? Tehmina Khan tells us she was born in Pakistan, lived in Tunisia, and currently has made her home in Toronto. She has brought her experiences to life in these vibrant and provoking stories. I believe each one of these stories speaks to me and everyone can relate to them at some level as they tackle the issues which plague our societies. I would highly recommend this read!
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful and Simply Written Stories Tehmina Khan's wonderful and simply written short stories on `terrorism' and other social aspects of Pakistani society are highly revealing. Although, I hail from the same area, even for me the book was an eye-opener.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful and Simply Written Short Stories Tehmina Khan's wonderful and simply written short stories on `terrorism' and other social aspects of Pakistani society are highly revealing. Although, I hail from the same area, even for me the book was an eye-opener.
Date published: 2017-10-23