May We Borrow Your Country by The Whole Kahani
We have branched out with a flourish. Adding to our list of novels and memoirs, this is the first book of short-form writing to be published by Linen Press as well as the first book written by an established collective of writers.
May We Borrow Your Country looks at dislocation and displacement with sympathy, tolerance and humour. The pieces are peopled by courageous, poignant, eccentric individuals who cross borders, accommodate to new cultures and try to establish identities in new places. In doing so, they encounter different versions of themselves, like reflections in a room of trick mirrors.
The stories are written by women. They are evocative and multi-layered in their portrayal of relationships, family, careers, ambition and friendship. They offer a fresh, contemporary look at metamorphosis and many catch that fleeting moment of transition between the familiar and the new.
Foreword by Preti Taneja, author of We That Are Young, winner of the 2018 Desmond Eliot
The Whole Kahani (The Complete Story) is a collective of British novelists, poets and screenwriters of South Asian origin with an impressive array of awards: Reshma Ruia, Kavita A. Jindal, Mona Dash, Radhika Kapur, CG Menon, Shibani Lal, Deblina Chakrabarty and Nadia Kabir Barb. Their first anthology, Love Across a Broken Map was published in 2016 to critical acclaim. www.thewholekahani.com/