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The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name: Short Stories Hardcover – November 30, 2017
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"Each story in The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name resounds a call for the cultural acceptance of LGBTQ+ people . . . A tender and enlightening collection of stories focused on modern sexuality and related through a diverse cast of characters . . . Heartfelt and at times shocking, the stories in this collection shine a light on hate, prejudice, and whirlwind of emotions that LGBTQ+ people and their allies face . . . The book is careful with details and terminology, resulting in respectful and informative writing that helps drive each story and deliver appropriate impact. Many of the stories focus on intersex children and adults, and the confusion of the characters is tangible as they navigate love and sexuality in ambiguous terms. It is tragic to watch these characters, many of whom feel "born in the wrong body," struggle with their shame and self-esteem, as well as with the nefarious forces of the outside world . . . These stories are not light. In addition to sexuality, they draw on themes of religion, friendship, family, justice, and self-worth. As the grandfather of one intersex child says, "I will say that equality exists beyond the boundaries of what is between someone's legs." The collection a testament to this statement. Another grief-stricken character laments, "My sister died in anonymity," a silence that the collection works to reverse. Stories follow a thought-provoking arc, while each elicits empathy and sadness. Fictional newspaper articles echo the all-too-real horrors of homophobic bullying, rage, and murder, emphasizing that the issues facing the LGBTQ+ community should not be ignored." ~Meredith Hardwicke for Foreword Clarion Reviews
"THE LOVE THAT DARE NOT SPEAK ITS NAME is, at its core, a series of loving arguments, making a case for the acceptance and support of people as human beings, whatever their sexual orientation or gender identity. . . Each individual's story, however, is their own, and in the end it's the people whose relationships matter - the troubled nephew taken in by his drag queen uncle, the mother who chooses to have a living daughter instead of a dead son, the bookstore owner who connects deeply with a customer - and it is they who make the stories come alive." ~Catherine Langrehr for IndieReader
"Pathan's stories are notable for their sympathetic characters and strong message of tolerance."~BlueInk Review
"A sublime collection of short stories that tug at your heartstrings Fiza Pathan delivers an exquisite work of literature. . . . powerful and poignant." ~BookViral
" . . .hopefully, it is books like these that will ultimately enable true recognition and acceptance of this much alienated and shunned community, and eventually enable them to get to a place where being LGBTQIA is regarded just as normal and ordinary as being heterosexual or anything else in the world today. This is a must-read book!" ~Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers'Favorite
"In The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name, Pathan expertly writes of suppression and love on such a deep level the reader may feel they are learning about her own life. The intimacy of language pulls the reader in page by page, diving in to 21 emotionally rich stories bringing to life social hardships the LGBT community face every day. From hopelessly single 58-year-old drag queens to a culture that believes arranged marriages are more vital than how you feel, it's easy to see Pathan genuinely understands pain and acceptance. Besides the range of emotions created for her characters, Pathan also succeeds to speak through her characters in a breezy conversational tone that would make it easy for anyone to read and enjoy. With her shift from different time eras and cultures, The Love That Dare Not Speak its Name is not only for people struggling with their sexuality but people old and young that can easily connect to each and every story." -Killer Nashville 2018 Silver Falchion Award Nominee Review by Britany Menken
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- Item Weight : 1.58 pounds
- Hardcover : 424 pages
- ISBN-10 : 819329064X
- ISBN-13 : 978-8193290644
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.94 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Fiza Pathan Publishing (Opc) Private Limited (November 30, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,902,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Finding any time to read for leisure these days is a rare commodity for me, but I found myself intentionally seeking excuses to turn in early so that I could finish the book. When I did, I understood the title perfectly.
Kudos to this author for this emotional and enlightening body of work. I recommend this compilation of short stories, not just to those in the LGBT community, but to any and everyone who seeks a higher understanding of acceptance and the true meaning of love for all mankind.
There are some discrepancies in the description of American culture in some stories like “mea culpa” and “murder during revolution.” Setting and backdrop, which play an important role in developing an effective story is hazy in many stories, as they focus on main theme of prejudices against LGBTQ. Character development gets a backseat. Most of the stories trudge through dark corridors, offering no hope. The only change that I could discern was that in the 50s, Sreekanth accepts the decision of his father with mute reconciliation but a few decades later, Rajesh is bold enough to leave his home and finds freedom from the compulsions and expectations of his family and society. A ray of light also shimmers in the last ten pages of the book.
This book needs to be read by everybody to understand gender disparities and emotional upheavals that this community has to face due to the apathetic attitude of people in schools, families and work places.
Ms. Pathan translates the heart-breaking truth with beautiful writing and outstanding stories. Each story is unique, and it is so very powerful that the stories vary from Iran to India to the USA and other locales. Through the global backdrop, Pathan translates the courage, shaming, shunning, terror and violence LBQT individuals face. The exploration of consequences in these short stories is truthful and so very important to be read.
My wish is that books such as Ms. Pathan’s will one day soon be part of regular school curriculum. I highly recommend this book.
I admire the fact that Ms. Pathan brought attention to the subject of sexual preferences.