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‘So beautifully written and so important, and so cleverly crafted, it can't be a debut. But it is’ Joanna Cannon
‘A Kuwaiti #MeToo novel of muffled suffering and a bid for freedom- absorbing, brave and compelling’ Leila Aboulela
‘Truthful and courageous, radical and lyrical. I loved it’ Hanan Al-Shaykh
‘Brilliant book about the pressures of being a 30 year old unmarried woman in Kuwait – the struggle for modernity amidst patriarchal tradition – and the cultural failure to acknowledge trauma. What a debut’ Pandora Sykes
‘Set in contemporary Kuwait, AlAmmar asks us to reimagine the lives of modern Muslims as they struggle to reconcile the freedom of choice with the customs of their faith’ BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking
‘[A] fascinating debut … nuanced and understanding’ Observer
‘One of those books you ration so it doesn’t end too soon, it’s beautifully written and unbelievably powerful. I loved it’ Katie Lowe, author of The Furies
‘A timely and deeply affecting debut with a voice that needs to be heard, at a time when it matters most’ Charlotte Philby, author of The Most Difficult Thing
‘The Pact We Made deals with one woman’s search for independence’ ELLE
About the Author
Layla AlAmmar grew up in Kuwait, with an American mother and a Kuwaiti father. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh. Her work has appreaed in the Evening Standard, Quail Bell Magazine and Aesthetica Magazine, where she was a finalist for the Creative Writing Award 2015. She currently lives in Kuwait. The Pact We Made is her debut novel.
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While the story takes place in Kuwait, it doesn't fall into the typical stereotypes of the Middle East -- a refreshing change from so many books about the region that pigeonhole women and society into specific boxes. Though the book is set against the backdrop of Kuwait, it really could be any number of societies, communities, and families.
An amazing debut novel, and I can't wait for more!
This is a beautifully written novel with acute and poignant observations of the position of women in Kuwaiti society. Dahlia’s struggle with her own anxiety, familial relationships and societal expectancies are deftly described and I was completely absorbed by the story. It is a very truthful and courageous work. Bravo Layla AlAmmar; this is one of my books of the year.
I received a complimentary copy of the book from NetGalley and publisher, Harper Collins, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.
I received this book in exchange for honest review from the lovely people over at lovereading.co.uk .