We Take Our Cities with Us: A Memoir


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$19.95  $18.55
Mad Creek Books
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.36 inches | 0.45 pounds

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About the Author

Sorayya Khan is the author of the novels City of Spies, Five Queen's Road, and Noor. The daughter of a Pakistani father and a Dutch mother, she was born in Europe, grew up in Pakistan, and now lives in Ithaca, New York, with her family.


"We Take Our Cities with Us is a memoir of uncommon delicacy and emotional force: Sorayya Khan illuminates her hybrid legacy and international upbringing, braiding the multiple threads of her complex identity. This is an intimate, beautiful, and lasting book." --Claire Messud, author of Kant's Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write: An Autobiography in Essays
"With grace and power, this mesmerizing memoir swirls from continent to continent, decade to decade, through a journey of identity, memory, loyalty, and loss. Part map, part family tree, We Take Our Cities with Us provides an intimate glimpse into what it means to make a home in the global modern age. Sorayya Khan is an exquisite storyteller." --Eleanor Henderson, author of Everything I Have Is Yours: A Marriage
"This extraordinary memoir traverses a deeply personal terrain dotted with questions of identity, culture, and belonging. Khan engrosses the reader with myriad journeys, histories, and piercing insights. Thoroughly gratifying." --Raza Rumi, author of Delhi by Heart: Impressions of a Pakistani Traveller
"This is a rich, wise, deeply moving reflection on cities that are both home to migrants and themselves migrants, having morphed into barely recognizable versions of their former selves. The ghosts of other times and places haunt the characters in this memoir. Sometimes that haunting is a reminder of what has been lost forever, but sometimes it can also be a consolation: even as our passports root us in one place, our curiosities, loves, and longings can make unexpected connections across supposedly insurmountable borders." --Jonathan Gil Harris, author of The First Firangis: Remarkable Stories of Heroes, Healers, Charlatans, Courtesans and Other Foreigners Who Became Indian
"We Take Our Cities with Us is an exquisite memoir, a dazzling exploration of time, place, and self. I loved it." --Lily King, author of Euphoria
"Elegant and richly remembered, [We Take Our Cities with Us] offers a poignant tribute to the complex beauty of inherited histories." --Publishers Weekly
"The narrative is poignant, lyrical, and insightful, drawing readers into the details of the author's physical and emotional landscapes. ... A poetic memoir about a biracial author's international life." --Kirkus