An Impossible Thing to Say


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5.83 X 8.19 X 1.18 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Arya Shahi is an Iranian-American playwright, poet, and rapper. He is the co-founder of PigPen Theatre Co., an award-winning theatre company and band. With PigPen, Arya has written, directed, and performed in original plays (including "The Old Man and the Old Moon") as well as books adapted for stage (including Kate DiCamillo's The Tale of Despereaux). PigPen's album Bremen was released in 2012, followed by Whole Sun in 2015. Arya lives in Los Angeles.


"An Impossible Thing to Say is tender, honest, and unforgettable, filled with characters that delight, verses that shine, and moments that took my breath away. Few books have ever made me feel so seen." -- Adib Khorram, award-winning author of Darius the Great Is Not Okay

"Arya Shahi just blew the door down on how we are allowed to tell our stories. Words are clearly his jam." -- Firoozeh Dumas, New York Times bestselling author of Funny in Farsi and It Ain't So Awful, Falafel

"A unique and thoughtful coming-of-age story that masterfully takes advantage of its unconventional narrative to reveal the truths that we all--no matter what our age--are often unable to say out loud." -- Booklist (starred review)

"A compelling coming-of-age story about finding your own voice and holding on to hope in the face of uncertainty and doubt." -- Horn Book (starred review)

"Shahi gives readers embarking on a path toward agency an insightful, eloquent companion in Omid." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

"A heartfelt and nuanced depiction of what it's like to straddle different cultures and the critical need to understand oneself. [And] a love letter to words and their ability to not only define us, but shape who we are." -- Kirkus Reviews

"[The first-person narrator's] voice leaps off the page; Shahi employs Shakespearean dialogue and original rap to kinetic effect." -- Publishers Weekly