Egyptian poet, speaker, and author Salma El-Wardany’s debut novel These Impossible Things will be published next year. We have some updates for fans. First, the pre-order link is live! Second, the exact date of publication is June 9.
Like Nikki May’s Wahala and Candice Carty-Williams’s Queenie, These Impossible Things, focuses on contemporary women and their friendships while navigating today’s world. We first broke news on El-Wardnay’s new novel in April.
El-Wardany recently shared the initial proofs of the book Instagram. and described novel as “a love story between three women, because female friendships have been the heartbeat of my life.”
Read the publisher’s description and see below for pre-order options.
“It’s always been Malak, Kees, and Jenna against the world. Under the watchful eyes of their parents, and countless aunties and uncles, they have learned how to live their own lives alongside faith, tradition, and expectations. Staying over at a boyfriend’s is disguised as a sleepover with girlfriends, hangovers can easily look like the flu, and tiredness can be blamed on studying, not partying.
But as their university years come to a close, one night changes everything. When harsh truths are revealed, their lives begin to take different paths. As they learn to navigate the dreams and disappointments of adulthood alone, nothing seems to be going right. Malak feels adrift in her new life in Cairo, while Kees’s life and family implodes, and Jenna has suddenly decided to settle for a man she doesn’t love.
Written with pitch‑perfect precision, and a sharp millennial voice, These Impossible Things is a paean to female friendship, a shared love that is as messy as it is affirming. Malak, Kees, and Jenna—now on the precipice of true adulthood—must find a way back to each other as they reconcile faith, family, and tradition with their own needs and desires.”