Leila Aboulela Elsewhere, Home

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'A lovely collection of short stories about love, loneliness and spirituality.'
NADIYA HUSSAIN, Good Housekeeping


Winner of the Saltire Society Fiction Book of the Year Award 2018

From one of our finest contemporary writers whose work has been praised by J.M. Coetzee, Ali Smith and Aminatta Forna, Leila Aboulela's Elsewhere, Home offers us a rich tableau of life as an immigrant abroad.

A young woman's encounter with a former classmate elicits painful reminders of her former life in Khartoum. A wealthy Sudanese student in Aberdeen begins an unlikely friendship with a Scottish man. A woman experiences an evolving relationship to her favourite writer, whose portrait of their shared culture both reflects and conflicts with her own sense of identity.

Shuttling between the dusty, sun-baked streets of Khartoum and the university halls and cramped apartments of Aberdeen and London, Elsewhere, Home explores, with subtlety and restraint, the profound feelings of yearning, loss and alienation that come with leaving one's homeland in pursuit of a different life.

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'A lovely collection of short stories about love, loneliness and spirituality.' Nadiya Hussain, Good Housekeeping

'These intricacies of bi-cultural families and friendships carry a delicate strength that doesn't just resemble life, it is life ... this quiet collection transcends theme, setting, subject ... the first collection I've read since James Joyce's Dubliners that reminded me of the life-changing power of furiously-honest realism.' New York Times Book Review

'A beautiful and desolate collection ... [Aboulela's stories] distil many of her recurring concerns - immigrant loneliness, complicated romance and a portrayal of the Islamic faith that goes far beyond the clichéd narrative ... quiet brilliance' The Observer

'With empathy and tenderness, Aboulela navigates classic intergenerational conflict in shifting cultural and religious sands. Elsewhere, Home is a sophisticated and modern narrative of global citizenship.' Laura Waddell, TLS

'A rich and poignant reflection of a Britain built as ever from multiple perspectives and starting points. Fragile, curious, human voices blend, lose themselves, redefine themselves. These beautifully focused tales are a delight.' A.L. Kennedy

'Fantastic collection ... Each story is earnest and engrossing, holding surprising depth for tales so compact ... Aboulela ties together her expanding oeuvre with this poignant, impressive collection.' Publishers' Weekly, Starred Review

'Exquisite fiction. There are gems here, elegantly cut, polished and framed. Luminous.' --Fadia Faqir

'Full of elegance, tenderness and the small vulnerabilities that make up our lives.' --Roma Tearne

'Leila Aboulela is one of the world's best short story writers ... This selection beautifully conjures the vertigo of homesickness. These are everyday stories observed with unusual sensitivity to the fine grains of hope that live in throwaway gestures.' --Lithub, Most Anticipated Books of 2019

About the Author:

Leila Aboulela is an award-winning novelist and playwright. Her novels, which were all longlisted for the Orange Prize, include The Translator (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year), Minaret and Lyrics Alley. Lyrics Alley was also Fiction Winner of the Scottish Book Awards. Translated into fourteen languages, Aboulela's work has received a high profile for its distinctive exploration of identity, migration and Islamic spirituality. Aboulela grew up in Khartoum, Sudan, and now lives in Aberdeen.

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