November 14, 2022 7:56 AM EST

In 2018, Fatimah Asghar published their debut poetry collection, If They Come For Us. Now, Asghar’s debut novel, When We Were Sisters, channels their poetic sensibilities into a tender tale about three young siblings—Noreen, Aisha, and Kausar—and the ways in which they care for each other after their parents die. The siblings, taken in by their neglectful uncle, learn to lean on one another. Captured in Kausar’s thoughtful voice, grief ebbs and flows alongside a tumultuous journey of adolescence. Longlisted for a National Book Award, this exquisite debut wrestles with gender, siblinghood, family, and what it means to be Muslim in America—all through the lens of love. —Laura Zornosa

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