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A heart-wrenching and beautifully told debut novel about love, family obligation and finding your way.

Nur and Yasmina are in love
They’ve been together for four happy years
But Nur’s parents don’t know that Yasmina exists

As Nur’s family counts down to midnight on New Year’s Eve, Nur is watching the clock more closely than most: he has made a pact with himself, and with his girlfriend, Yasmina, that at midnight he will finally tell his Pakistani parents the truth. That he has spent years hiding his personal life from them to preserve his image as the golden child. That he has built a life with a woman he loves and she is Black.

Nur wants to be the good son his parents ask him to be, and the good boyfriend Yasmina needs him to be. But as everything he holds dear is challenged, he is forced to ask, is love really a choice for a second-generation immigrant son like him?

Deftly exploring family obligation and racial prejudice alongside the flush of first love, Good Intentions is a captivating and powerful modern love story that announces a thrilling new voice in British fiction.

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‘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

Book Description

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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Weight500 g
Dimensions24 × 18 × 5 cm
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