The Things That We Lost

The Things That We Lost

Summary

*** WINNER OF THE 2021 #MERKY BOOKS NEW WRITERS' PRIZE***

Nik has lots of questions about his late father but knows better than to ask his mother, Avani. It's their unspoken rule.

When his grandfather dies, Nik has the opportunity to learn about the man he never met. Armed with a key and new knowledge about his parents' past, Nik sets out to unlock the secrets that his mother has been holding onto his whole life.

As the carefully crafted portrait Avani has painted for her son begins to crack, and painful truths emerge, can the two of them find their way back to each other?

The Things That We Lost is a beautifully tender exploration of family, loss and the lengths to which we go to protect the ones we love.

It is the first work of fiction by Jyoti Patel, winner of the 2021 #Merky Books New Writers' Prize, and one of the most exciting new novelists to watch.

About the author

Jyoti Patel

Jyoti Patel was born in Paris to British Indian parents and grew up in North West London. She is a graduate of the Creative Writing Prose Fiction MA at the University of East Anglia and winner of the 2021 #Merky Books New Writers' Prize. Her writing has previously been published as part of We Present's Literally Series. The Things That We Lost is her debut novel.
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