Good Girls

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Pub Date 05 Dec 2023 | Archive Date 19 Dec 2023
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In this richly unnerving tale about family secrets and expectations, two sisters are at lifelong odds with each other, their mother, and themselves—and as every hour becomes more twisted than the last, they are all pushed to their breaking point.

Lovely and Beauty know their place: at home, beneath the watchful eye of their mother. Life has never included friends, an education, or anything the sisters can call their own. Their comings and goings are supervised by Farida. Otherwise, they don’t come and go at all.

That changes on Lovely’s fortieth birthday. In a stroke of inexplicable fortune, Farida permits her eldest daughter to go to the Gausia Market alone, with no instructions but to abide by her curfew. For once on her own, Lovely is goaded by the voice in her head to push her mother’s—and her own—boundaries.

New experiences and old memories abound as her family awaits her return. But with the taste of freedom so fresh on her tongue, Lovely is spurred on by her disembodied companion to hang on to her newfound independence. When home isn’t a safe haven, Lovely must find somewhere else to turn.

In this richly unnerving tale about family secrets and expectations, two sisters are at lifelong odds with each other, their mother, and themselves—and as every hour becomes more twisted than the...


A Note From the Publisher

Leesa Gazi is a British-Bangladeshi writer, actor, and filmmaker and is the joint artistic director of London-based arts company Komola Collective. She was the scriptwriter and performer on Six Seasons and A Golden Age at the Southbank Centre, London. Aleya Twist, Gazi’s Bengali adaptation of Oliver Twist, reimagines Oliver as a young girl. Gazi also wrote, directed, and produced several short films for a UK-based counter-extremism think tank in 2017 and 2019.

Gazi was a concept developer, cowriter, and performer for Birangona: Women of War, which she later developed into the documentary Rising Silence. The film, about the lives of rape survivors after the Bangladesh Liberation War, won numerous awards, including the Best Documentary Award at the 2019 Dhaka International Film Festival. Gazi translated Ben Musgrave’s The Indigo Giant―set during the Indigo Rebellion in Bengal―into Bengali (Neel Chhaya) for an international theatrical tour in 2021. Her debut novel, Rourob, was published in 2010.

Leesa Gazi is a British-Bangladeshi writer, actor, and filmmaker and is the joint artistic director of London-based arts company Komola Collective. She was the scriptwriter and performer on Six...


Advance Praise

Praise for Good Girls

“Taut, unsettling, and at times wickedly funny, this sly novel will hold you in its thrall until the very last page.” —Ash Davidson, author of Damnation Spring

Praise for Good Girls

“Taut, unsettling, and at times wickedly funny, this sly novel will hold you in its thrall until the very last page.” —Ash Davidson, author of Damnation Spring


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PAGES 192

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