Soniah Kamal is a Pushcart Prize nominated essayist and fiction writer. Her debut novel An Isolated Incident was a finalist for the Townsend Award for Fiction, the KLF French Fiction Prize, and is an Amazon Rising Star pick. Her short story ‘Fossils‘, judged by Claudia Rankine, won the 2017 Agnes Scott Festival Fiction Award, and her short story ‘Jelly Beans‘ is selected for the 2017 Best of Asian Fiction Anthology. Soniah’s 2017 TEDx talk, Redreaming Your Dream, is about regrets and second chances. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Catapult, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Missing Slate, BuzzFeed, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Huffington Post, Literary Hub, The Normal School and more.
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Zari Zoon is a young woman refugee from Indian Kashmir, who has come to the United States after losing her family to live with a distant uncle and his son, Billy. Zari and Billy are drawn to each other: Zari by her need to connect after the trauma in Kashmir, and Billy who finds his life in Baltimore unfulfilled and finds in Zari and her past, a reason to live and to go to war. Brought up on the haunting tales his Kashmiri great aunt, who tells of his grandfather’s heroism, Billy is also eager to discover the truth behind his grandfather’s freedom fighting days. Little does he realize that the truth he believes will set him free can just as easily imprison him.