What Will People Say
by Taniya Gupta
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Pub Date 09 Jan 2024 | Archive Date Not set
If I didn’t stop fighting then, why would I stop now?
What Will People Say follows a South Asian woman’s journey through being a daughter, and later a daughter-in-law, within the strict confines of her patriarchal family. Readers watch as the narrator navigates life, trying to find a safe place for herself, until she finally becomes her own hero.
Grappling with the subjects of sexual and psychological trauma, as well as mental health, this collection of poetry carves a path beyond the guilt of wondering: “What will people say?”
“What Will People Say is one of the strongest poetic debuts in years. Poet and avid tea-drinker Taniya Gupta’s ability to blend the beautiful with the brutal is impressive, to say the least. Gupta has crafted a gorgeous, emotional, deeply personal collection with universal appeal. Her vulnerability will empower others to share their stories, too – in the end, we will all feel a bit less lonely thanks to this book.” — Alicia Cook, bestselling author of Sorry I Haven’t Texted You Back
“In her debut collection, What Will People Say, Taniya Gupta invites readers into her home to share stories of abuse, depression, and recovery. Through experimental form, skillful use of language and dialogue, and boundless vulnerability, this collection proves it’s possible to heal from what haunts us — and feel joy despite it.” — Ari B. Cofer, author of paper girl and the knives that made her and unfold