Described by (our) literary idol Ali Smith as a “shining tour de force about a long friendship’s respects, disrespects, loyalties and moralities”, Best of Friends begins in Karachi in 1988. Zahra and Maryam are fourteen-years-old and have been best friends since childhood, even though—or maybe because—they are unlike in nearly every way. They never speak of the differences in their backgrounds or their values, not even after a fateful night when a moment of adolescent impulse upends their plans for the future.
Three decades later, Zahra and Maryam have grown into powerful women who have each cut a distinctive path through London. But when two troubling figures from their past resurface, they must finally confront their bedrock differences—and find out whether their friendship can survive.
Equal parts epic and intimate, this is a riveting and profound novel of friendship, identity, and the unknowability of other people. Sign up by the 7th October to receive Best of Friends as your first selection or purchase as a one-off delivery. ❤️