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How to Cure a Ghost (Paperback)
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A poetry compilation recounting a woman’s journey from self-loathing to self-acceptance, confusion to clarity, and bitterness to forgiveness
Following in the footsteps of such category killers as Milk and Honey and Whiskey Words & a Shovel I, Fariha Róisín’s poetry book is a collection of her thoughts as a young, queer, Muslim femme navigating the difficulties of her intersectionality. Simultaneously, this compilation unpacks the contentious relationship that exists between Róisín and her mother, her platonic and romantic heartbreaks, and the cognitive dissonance felt as a result of being so divided among her broad spectrum of identities.
About the Author
Fariha Róisín is an Australian Canadian writer based in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in Al Jazeera, the Guardian, Vice, Fusion, the Village Voice, Teen Vogue, BuzzFeed, Medium, and others. In 2012, she began cohosting the podcast Two Brown Girls, which highlighted black and brown voices in film and TV, emphasizing the importance of representation. She resides in Brooklyn, New York.
"When I first encountered Fariha’s writing, I let out a sigh of relief. Was it refreshing? Yes. But there was something more. Her words allow us to feel visible. Fariha’s writing has the power to heal and transform. She pulls you into her stories until you’re at the edge of your seat, emphatically rooting for her subjects."
— Rupi Kaur
“A moving poetry collection by a queer Muslim writer exploring all the facets of her identity.”
“[Roisin’s] writing is intensely vulnerable and through revealing her own experience she reflects so many others.”
“…a collection of poems that aims to heal..."
— Vogue online
“…heart-aching and emotional while offering a sense of hope in a world that desperately needs it.”
— Little Infinite
“In these short and potent stanzas she makes it clear that while she’s been able to lay down the ghosts that have haunted her own self-worth, loving herself back to health after the mental and physical exhaustion of weathering constant aggressions is a long and continuous process.”
— Teen Vogue