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You Exist Too Much Reviews

You Exist Too Much by Zaina Arafat

You Exist Too Much

Zaina Arafat

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1 review

Imprint: Dialogue Books
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 19 Nov 2020
ISBN: 9780349701783

Set between the US and the Middle East, this is an electrifying coming-of-age story about love, identity and sexual desire against the backdrop of traditional values and religious views.

4 stars out of 5
Sarah Gilmartin
14 Dec 2020

"A provocative and insightful debut"

With You Exist Too Much, Arafat announces herself as a provocative and insightful writer willing to delve into unpleasant aspects of family and society. The level of self-awareness elevates the novel from misery literature.

In treatment, the narrator considers the other patients and feels “embarrassed by the similarities of our experiences, the way they overlapped, the banality of what had been so painful to me”. And yet, the particulars of this story seem so unique: “I’m aware I can be exhausting—‘you exist too much,’ my mother often told me.”