Mona Arshi

Somebody Loves You

A teacher asked me a question, and I opened my mouth as a sort of formality but closed it softly, knowing with perfect certainty that nothing would ever come out again.

Ruby gives up talking at a young age. Her mother isn’t always there to notice; she comes and goes and goes and comes, until, one day, she doesn’t. Silence becomes Ruby’s refuge, sheltering her from the weather of her mother’s mental illness and a pressurized suburban atmosphere.

Plangent, deft, and sparkling with wry humour, Somebody Loves You is a moving exploration of how we choose or refuse to tell the stories that shape us.

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  • Read the poem that inspired the title of Mona Arshi’s Somebody Loves You
  • Whilst you’re here, why not delve into protagonist Ruby’s spotify playlist, available here
  • ‘I do think that poems are doing something important. They are a vehicle for the truth telling.’ Mona Arshi on transcribing bird calls, The Guardian.
Print status: Pre-order
Author: Mona Arshi
Original language: English
Format: B-format paperback
Publication date: 16 November 2021
ISBN: 9781913505165
Ebook ISBN: 9781913505172
Availability: World English
Number of pages: 176

Reviews

Roger Robinson

‘A sharply drawn world of wonder in elegant and lean prose. A fresh, innovative novel that is an ode to families, coming of age and sisterhood.’

Jeet Thayil 

‘Mona Arshi uses the shape and heft of prose poetry to extend the novel into unexpected new terrain. Tender, funny, and exhilarating.’

Preti Taneja

‘Somebody Loves You is alive with rare subtlety and tensile strength, and infused with the kind of beauty that brings every quiet moment into sharp relief.’