We Take Our Cities with Us: A Memoir

Sorayya Khan

A Pakistani-Dutch writer's multicultural memoir of grief and immigrant experience that illuminates the complexities of identity and inheritance in a global world.

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Publisher: Ohio State University Press
Publish Date: 11/07/2022
Pages: 160
ISBN-13: 9780814258484
ISBN-10: 0814258484
Language: English

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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. We Take Our Cities with Us ushers us from Khan's childhood independence forged at her grandparents' home in Lahore; to her adolescence in Pakistan's new capital, Islamabad; to Syracuse and Ithaca, New York, where Khan finds her footing as the mother of young, brown sons in post-9/11 America; to her birthplace, Vienna, where her parents die; and finally to Amsterdam and Maastricht, the cities of her mother's conflicted youth. 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.

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.

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