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The Lovers and the Leavers

Abeer Y. Hoque


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'...before you eat, there is love. It comes even before your hunger.'

In twelve linked stories, the characters in The Lovers and the Leavers intersect and drift apart across several years and continents.

Komola, a maid in a quiet mansion in Dhaka, begins a doomed relationship with a handsome, mysterious man. Her nephew, a gifted little boy in her village, nurses a terrible secret, and his mother flees, ending up by the sea in Chennai.

At the other end of the world, a Bangladeshi-American woman, Rox, lusts after a teenager, while her best friend, the rebellious Ila, must choose between love and tradition.

Artfully woven with poems and photographs, these stories move between India, Bangladesh, America and Europe. A haunting, lyrical collection, The Lovers and the Leavers announces the arrival of a formidable talent.

Fourth Estate, 9789351772095, 248pp.

Publication Date: November 24, 2015

About the Author

Abeer Y. Hoque is a Bangladeshi American writer and photographer, born in Nigeria. The Lovers and the Leavers is her first book of fiction. She has a book of travel photographs and poems, The Long Way Home, and her memoir, Olive Witch, is forthcoming from HarperCollins Publishers India. Hoque is the recipient of a 2007 Fulbright Scholarship, among several other writing fellowships. Her writing and photography have been published in Guernica, Outlook Traveller, India Today, and The Daily Star. She has degrees from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and an MFA in writing from the University of San Francisco. She lives in New York City. For more information, visit