Sorayya Khan, author of We Take Our Cities With Us will be in conversation with novelist Dan Chaon on Thursday, November 17th at 7:30 pm
Even when we leave them, our cities never leave us. After her Dutch mother’s death, Sorayya Khan confronts her grief by revisiting their relationship, her parents’ lives, and her own Pakistani-Dutch heritage in a multicultural memoir that unfolds over seven cities and three continents. In Khan’s gripping telling of her immigrant experience, she shows us what it is to raise children and lose parents in worlds other than your own. Drawing on family history, geopolitics, and art in this stunning story of loss, identity, and rediscovery, Khan beautifully illuminates the complexities of our evolving global world and its most important constant: love.
“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,
Besides We Take Our Cities With Us Sorayya Khan is the author of three novels,Noor, Five Queen's Road and City of Spies which received the Best International Fiction Book Award at Sharjah International Book Fair, 2015. Her work has appeared in multiple publications including Guernica, The Kenyon Review, North American Review, and Journal of Narrative Politics. She is the daughter of a Pakistani father and a Dutch mother, was born in Europe, grew up in Pakistan, and now lives in New York with her family.
Dan Chaon is the author of seven novels and story collections. Sleepwalk (May 2022) has received widespread reader and critical acclaim and Ill Will was named one of the ten best books of 2017 by Publishers Weekly. Other works include the short story collection Stay Awake (2012), a finalist for the Story Prize; the national bestseller Await Your Reply; and Among the Missing, a finalist for the National Book Award.
Dan Chaon's brash, exuberant new novel Sleepwalk [is] a Tarantino vibe in book form with nods to Pynchon-paranoia and Kerouac-style road epic, Greek myths and dystopian fiction. Sleepwalk draws on an array of genres and narratives, but it's also a visionary work, a preview of a nation just minutes away... Sleepwalk is no act of dull somnambulism but rather a vigorous, polished performance by a writer in command of his gifts."
--Hamilton Cain, Minneapolis Star Tribune