THE ROLES WE PLAY [UK]
WHAT IS HOME, MUM? [US]
My debut graphic novel, composed of 30 interconnected stories explores themes of identity, belonging & memory within the East London Azad Kashmiri Muslim diaspora. Together the stories paint a snapshot of contemporary British Asian life & the complex generational shifts experienced within migrant communities today. Issues of race, gender & class are brought to the forefront in a simple & personal narrative.
Published by Myriad 15 July 2021.
Published by Streetnoise April 2022.
˚ Guardian’s Best Books of 2021
˚ Winner of the Jhalak 2022 Prize
˚ Longlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondatje Prize 2022
˚ Longlisted for the World Illustration Awards
˚ The Roles We Play is in the US under the title ‘What is Home, Mum?’ with Streetnoise Books
UK Orders Available to order here
US Orders Available to order here
'Absorbing' -- The Bookseller
'A moving, important work: beautifully drawn.' -- Preti Taneja
‘A beautiful and bittersweet book about heritage and identity, finding oneself and one's way in the world.’ -- Nikesh Shukla
'Conjures auto-bio trailblazers like Alison Bechdel and Craig Thompson. A touchstone in the making, this is the book I’ve been waiting for.' -- Nyla Ahmad
'A razor-sharp, resilient and generous view of what it means to believe, belong and breathe within spaces that are designed to keep you out.' <span>-- </span>Zeba Ta lkhani
'Wonderfully intelligent and balanced… a moving, wide-ranging and uplifting account of a second-generation immigrant's voyage of self-discovery.’ -- Umi Sinha
'One of the most poignant graphic novels I've read. A fascinating, informative and aesthetically stunning read.' -- Benjamin Worku-Dix, PositiveNegatives
"Uncompromisingly honest... there's a constant sense of fragility to her narrative, a delicateness, a vulnerability... and yet there is also an undeniable inner strength. Khan has an artistic style that deceives the reader in its elegantly stripped back simplicity. [...]This is [a book] that you'll never stop fully unpacking, unpicking and reflecting upon." -- Andy Oliver, Broken Frontier
'What a cherishable book! This probing, perceptive exploration of diaspora dilemmas, and Khan's own struggle to separate from her family and understand the roots of its often oppressive norms, will speak to the children of immigrants of every stripe and those who want to understand them. Moving and irresistible.'
--Anne Karpf, Professor of Life Writing and Culture