House of Glass Hearts


Product Details

Yali Books
Publish Date
5.5 X 8.5 X 0.63 inches | 0.79 pounds

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About the Author

Leila Siddiqui is a Chicago-born Texan who calls New York home. She currently works in publishing in the marketing department. Leila spent a childhood fascinated by history and horror, and how intricately both can be entwined, and now wants to write the kind of fantastical and strange fiction she loved to read growing up, by shedding light on pieces of history the rest of the world tends to forget or write off. She is a horror film devotee and when not writing, spends her time fawning over her very floofy cat. She lives with her partner in Queens.


"House of Glass Hearts masterfully portrays the transmission of generational trauma. Fusing accounts of historical events (especially ones rarely learned about, at least in the US and Europe) with South Asian folklore, Leila Siddiqui has created an interesting, educational, and effective metaphor for how fear, shame, and pain evolve, from concrete issues for the generation who experienced them, to abstract shadows that filter down to the children." - Locus Magazine

"A genre-bending debut that highlights the intergenerational echoes of pivotal historical events." - Kirkus Reviews

"In this moving tale of broken nations, families, friendships, and hearts, Leila Siddiqui shines light on the hidden past of post-WWII India and Pakistan. Rich with magic, mythology, and hope, the dual timelines of this story allow love to transcend time, mending and healing a family ravaged by a tragic past." - Lindsay K. Bandy, author of Nemesis and the Swan

"Leila Siddiqui is utterly captivating in her debut, House of Glass Hearts, a lush and intricate tale weaving colonial India with the life of a present-day Pakistani-American teen. This vibrant story will ensnare you with its twists and turns as our heroine bravely fights for those she loves. There are haunting secrets dredged from the past and monsters that lurk within its very folds. I have no doubt this spellbinding story will lure you deep into India's magic and myth-and steal your heart along the way." - Christina Farley, author of the Gilded series