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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We Take Our Cities with Us is a memoir of uncommon delicacy and emotional force . . . . This is an intimate, beautiful, and lasting book.”Claire Messud, Kant’s Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write
We Take Our Cities with Us is an exquisite memoir, a dazzling exploration of time, place, and self. I loved it.”Lily King, Writers & Lovers
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, and we will take this story with us.”Eleanor Henderson, Everything I Have is Yours
Elegant and richly remembered, this [book] offers a poignant tribute to the complex beauty of inherited histories.”Publishers Weekly
Sorayya Khan’s extraordinary memoir traverses a deeply personal terrain dotted with questions of identity, culture, and belonging . . . . Thoroughly gratifying.”Raza Rumi, Delhi By Heart
Description: 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.