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You Exist Too Much

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9780349701783

Price: £14.99

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A wonderfully written queer coming-of-age story
i newapaper
Navigating queerness, bisexuality, love, and addiction, this captivating story takes readers on a journey to find two of the things we all long for the most: love, and a place we can call home. If you're looking for a captivating, first-person read, this really is one you don't to want to miss
Switching between New York, Beirut, Florence, Washington DC and the West Bank, You Exist Too Much takes you on a dizzying tour of love addiction, rehab, homophobia, betrayal, obsession and the aching need for a mother's unconditional love. At different times throughout, you'll find the protagonist needy, reckless and selfish but also smart, intuitive and trapped between two cultures - because as we all know, humans are nothing if not complicated. Roxane is right: this deserves five stars
The first-person narrator has a distinctive voice and is a magnetic presence on the page; the scenes with her mother are electric . . . A nuanced, sparky debut
Powerful . . . With You Exist Too Much, Arafat announces herself as a provocative and insightful writer
Irish Times
A wonderful illustration of how our most significant formative relationships can be simultaneously the most positive and negative force in our lives
The Arts Desk
Real, non-fetishised bisexual characters can be few and far between in literature, but You Exist Too Much isn't just worth reading for its efforts in representation. It's a stunning debut . . . It's a devastating portrayal of what it's like to feel as though you never fit in - both in terms of the narrator's sexuality and racial identity. Arafat handles these weighty topics with real compassion
Press Association
Arafat's writing is fresh, witty and packs a heavy punch
The Skinny
An elegantly written debut . . . a thought-provoking exploration of love and belonging, and how the two come together to create a sense of self
New European
A stunning debut . . . Arafat handles . . . weighty topics with real compassion
You Exist Too Much is a first novel that is exquisitely written and crafted with a compelling lightness of touch
Living Magazine