‘A sensitive, smooth-toned and absorbingly honest novel that makes us question our inner worlds, at a time when this kind of self-examination might be the thing that saves us’ Diana Evans, author of Ordinary People
‘I found Good Intentions moving, modern and utterly engaging. What a talent’ Rhik Samadder, author of I Never Said I Love You
‘Good Intentions is so absorbing, compelling and beautifully written. Its ending brought me close to tears – what an incredibly assured debut. I can’t wait to see what Kasim Ali writes next’ Beth O’Leary, author of The Flatshare
‘A magnificent and messy love story that broke my heart. Bittersweet and tender … a novel for anyone who has ever known what it is to be conflicted in falling in love’ Huma Qureshi, author of How We Met
‘A stellar, authentic and emotionally engrossing read. Addictive in every sense’ Irenosen Okojie, author of Nudibranch
‘A frank, moving and truly compelling tale of the complexities of modern romance, and how family, friendships, society, and our own internalised prejudices can impact upon it. Good Intentions is a beautiful and honest story that I’d defy anyone not to be pulled in by, from a fantastic new talent in contemporary fiction’ Sareeta Domingo, author of If I Don’t Have You
‘Good Intentions is a heart-breaking story of a young man caught between worlds―between youth and adulthood, between family and passion, between ambition and survival. Kasim Ali manages to … [take] us through a nuanced examination of the complexities of racial prejudice, especially within and across minority groups. A gorgeous, unbelievable debut’ Angie Kim, author of Miracle Creek
‘Compelling, emotionally honest, and unafraid of the grey areas of race, faith, sexuality and love’ Lillian Li, author of Number One Chinese Restaurant
A bold and heart-wrenching debut
About the Author
Kasim Ali works at Penguin Random House and has previously been shortlisted for Hachette’s Mo Siewcherran Prize, longlisted for the 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize, and has contributed to The Good Journal. He comes from Birmingham and now lives in London.
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