The Story of Us


In just four stories writer and poet, Hanna Ali,  invites her reader to absorb a snippet of her imagination which is laced with the raw but brilliantly retold memories and experiences of her characters. Themes such as womanhood, blackness, forced migration, religion, family trauma and belonging are all touched upon. Ali orientates her reader around these issues masterfully by having the courage to write about uncomfortable truths in such a way that makes you want to keep on reading.

The tumultuous feelings of happiness but also grief make ‘The Story of Us’ (also the name of the first story in the collection) complex and utterly engrossing. A central theme present in each story is that of Identity, and what it means to come from a place you have had to leave and cannot go back to. Only its presence has stayed with you, in the form of memories, in the colour of your skin, in your first language.

Hanna Ali’s debut short story collection is skilfully crafted, leaving a powerful impression on its reader.

Author: Hanna Ali

Format: paperback