There Has to Be a Knife by Adnan Khan


A powerhouse debut novel about race, grief, and masculinity.

There Has to Be a Knife examines expectations — both intimate and political — on brown men, exploring ideas of cultural identity and the tropes we use to represent them.

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In this blistering debut novel, author Adnan Khan investigates themes of race, class, masculinity and contemporary relationships. Omar Ali, twenty-seven-year-old line cook and petty criminal, gets a phone call from his ex-girlfriend’s father at work, informing Omar that Anna has committed suicide. Unable to process or articulate his grief, and suffering from insomnia, Omar embarks on a quest to obtain her suicide note from her elusive parents. As he unravels, Omar finds himself getting involved in break-ins, online terrorism, dealing with the police, and losing his best friend as he becomes less recognizable.

There Has to Be a Knife by Adnan Khan
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