NEW AUTUMN HOURS

Monday 9am-9pm, Tuesday thru Thursday 9am-9:30pm, Friday & Saturday 9am-10pm, Sunday 10am-9pm

Live at Brookline Booksmith! Sorayya Khan with Claire Messud

Live at Brookline Booksmith! Sorayya Khan with Claire Messud

Monday, November 14, 2022 - 7:00PM ET
Event address: 
Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446-2908

In person at Brookline Booksmith! Celebrate the release of We Take Our Cities with Us with author Sorayya Khan, in conversation with Claire Messud.

Register for the event!

RSVP to let us know you're coming! Depending on the volume of responses, an RSVP may be required for entrance to the event. You will also be alerted to important details about the program, including safety requirements, cancellations, and book signing updates.

Reserve a book!

Books will be available for purchase at the event, but you can ensure that you get a copy by preordering on the registration page. You can pick your book up after 6:30PM on the day of the event.

Can't make it to the event? Order the book on the registration page to have it signed, and choose to have it held or shipped from the store!
 

We Take Our Cities with Us: A Memoir

Even when we leave them, our cities never leave us. After her Dutch mother’s death, Sorayya Khan confronts her grief by revisiting their relationship, her parents’ lives, and her own Pakistani-Dutch heritage in a multicultural memoir that unfolds over seven cities and three continents. We Take Our Cities with Us ushers us from Khan’s childhood independence forged at her grandparents’ home in Lahore; to her adolescence in Pakistan’s new capital, Islamabad; to Syracuse and Ithaca, New York, where Khan finds her footing as the mother of young, brown sons in post-9/11 America; to her birthplace, Vienna, where her parents die; and finally to Amsterdam and Maastricht, the cities of her mother’s conflicted youth. In Khan’s gripping telling of her immigrant experience, she shows us what it is to raise children and lose parents in worlds other than your own. Drawing on family history, geopolitics, and art in this stunning story of loss, identity, and rediscovery, Khan beautifully illuminates the complexities of our evolving global world and its most important constant: love.

Sorayya Khan is the author of We Take Our Cities with Us: A Memoir and three novels: NoorFive Queen's Road, and City of Spies.

Moderator Claire Messud, a novelist and literary critic, has published seven works of fiction, including The Emperor's ChildrenThe Woman Upstairs, and The Burning Girl, and a book of essays, Kant's Little Prussian Head & Other Reasons Why I Write. She writes a books column for Harper's magazine, teaches creative writing at Harvard University, and lives in Cambridge, MA.