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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
From the Inside Flap
I had the honor to be interviewed by director Reshel Shah Kapoor, who knew of my interest in transgenders, for her award-winning documentary, Black Sheep--A Journey of Friendship, Family, and Fate, which narrates the heartbreaking journey of the hijras, or kinnars, who belong to a community in Mumbai. I participated in the one-day orientation workshop conducted for them. I found them warm and human, maybe even more human than you and I. The urge to take the story forward led me to research on their origin and life. But the life stories shared by the LGBTQIA people around the world was even more heartwrenching. I learned, in addition to other things, that in Jamaica homosexuals are forced to live in sewers. And in some countries which live in denial, disclosure of the names of homosexuals results in their being lynched or murdered either by the government or by their family members, who do so to avoid repercussions. Then came the pogrom against the LGBT in Raqqa and Chechnya--and the world, by and large, kept quiet. I have picked up my pen to write their stories, albeit in fiction, as best I can. For the revered Master, Jesus, once said: "Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you." I prefer living by his words to that of the world's.