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The Pact We Made Reviews

The Pact We Made by Layla AlAmmar

The Pact We Made

Layla AlAmmar

Score pending

2 reviews

Imprint: The Borough Press
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 7 Mar 2019
ISBN: 9780008284442

Featured on BBC Radio 4's Open Book * Featured on BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking * A cultural pick in ELLE Magazine * Reviewed in the Observer * Interviewed in The New Arab `Beautifully written ... it can't be a debut. But it is' Joanna Cannon `Brilliant ... What a debut' Pandora Sykes

3 stars out of 5
Alice O'Keeffe
28 Mar 2019

"a passionate debut"

The Pact We Made is a fascinating glimpse into the complex and contradictory life of a modern Kuwaiti woman. AlAmmar’s writing is full of personality, passion and touches of humour. I would have liked a more vivid sense of the setting and some of the secondary characters, but Dahlia’s dilemma is very real, and while her final decision could be read as a happy ending, it feels more like a sobering reminder of how limited her escape routes really are.

Reviews

4 stars out of 5
10 Mar 2019

"Billed as a Kuwaiti #MeToo novel, this fascinating debut is a lot more nuanced and understanding of contemporary Arab life than that "

Billed as a Kuwaiti #MeToo novel, this fascinating debut is a lot more nuanced and understanding of contemporary Arab life than that might suggest...The ending might surprise western readers, but it celebrates the choices Dahlia can and does make.