Once a Stranger by Zoya Patel ISBN:9780733647079

Once a Stranger by Zoya Patel

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A stunning debut novel of a family torn apart by tradition and brought back together again by love

Their mother was sick. Their mother was dying.

Laila wanted her to come home.

She wasn’t sure which of the two truths was more frightening.

Ayat hasn’t seen or spoken to her sister, Laila, and mother, Khadija, for six years. She has been estranged from her family since she baulked against the arranged marriage of her sister and settled into a relationship deemed haram by Indian Muslim tradition.

Living in Melbourne, with Harry, Ayat is a different person now, living a different life. She is not the woman her mother and sister once knew – so how can she go home? But how can she not?

Once a Stranger weaves through the past and present to show the bonds and disconnects between sisters, and between a mother and daughter, as the three women grapple with the idea of where they feel most at home.

‘Zoya Patel intercepts at the intersections – eloquently traversing time and space; bridging the cosmic tension between gender, culture, faith and family. Contemporary Australian storytelling at its finest.’ Michael Mohammed Ahmad

About the Author: Zoya Patel is the author of No Country Woman, a memoir of race, religion and feminism. She is co-host of The Guardian‘s Book It In podcast, and the Margin Notes podcast alongside Yen Eriksen. Zoya is a columnist for the RiotACT, and regular books critic and writer for The Guardian, Canberra Times, SBS Voices, Refinery29 and more. Zoya has won numerous awards for her writing and editing, and she was a 2020 judge for the Stella Prize and Chair of the 2021 Stella Prize judging panel.


Additional information


Paperback / softback


Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Readership Level

General (US: Trade)



Date of Publication

20 Nov 0302

Once a Stranger by Zoya Patel ISBN 9780733647079

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