How to Cure a Ghost (Paperback)

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By Fariha Róisín, Monica Ramos (Illustrator)
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The rage in Roisin's poetry collection slashes through to your heart, then the tenderness sews you back together again. This work explores accepting one's intersectional self and the weight of shame, ancestral trauma, and oppression. A book about survival, dedicated to survivors.

— From Kelly


A poetry compilation recounting a woman’s journey from self-loathing to self-acceptance, confusion to clarity, and bitterness to forgiveness
Following in the footsteps of such category killers as Milk and Honey and Whiskey Words & a Shovel I, Fariha Roisin’s poetry book is a collection of her thoughts as a young, queer, Muslim femme navigating the difficulties of her intersectionality. Simultaneously, this compilation unpacks the contentious relationship that exists between Roisin and her mother, her platonic and romantic heartbreaks, and the cognitive dissonance felt as a result of being so divided among her broad spectrum of identities.

About the Author

Fariha Roisin is an Australian-Canadian writer based in Brooklyn. Her writing often explores Muslim identity, race, pop culture, and film. It also examines the intersection of queerness and being a femme of color while navigating a white world.

Praise For…

 "When I first encountered Fariha’s writing, I let out a sigh of relief. Was it refreshing? Yes. But there was something more. Her words allow us to feel visible. Fariha’s writing has the power to heal and transform. She pulls you into her stories until you’re at the edge of your seat, emphatically rooting for her subjects."

— Rupi Kaur

“A moving poetry collection by a queer Muslim writer exploring all the facets of her identity.”

— Domino

“[Roisin’s] writing is intensely vulnerable and through revealing her own experience she reflects so many others.”

— Bustle

“…a collection of poems that aims to heal..."

— Vogue online

“…heart-aching and emotional while offering a sense of hope in a world that desperately needs it.”

— Little Infinite

In these short and potent stanzas she makes it clear that while she’s been able to lay down the ghosts that have haunted her own self-worth, loving herself back to health after the mental and physical exhaustion of weathering constant aggressions is a long and continuous process.”

— Teen Vogue

Product Details
ISBN: 9781419737565
ISBN-10: 1419737562
Publisher: Abrams Image
Publication Date: September 24th, 2019
Pages: 160