Bookable Space with Sorayya Khan

Love being read to? In this episode of Bookable Space, Sorayya Khan reads We Take Our Cities with Us.

About the book: Even when we leave them, our cities never leave us. After her Dutch mother’s

death, Sorayya Khan confronts her grief by revisiting their relationship, her parents’ lives, and

her own Pakistani-Dutch heritage in a multicultural memoir that unfolds over seven cities and

three continents. We Take Our Cities with Us takes us from a childhood independence forged in

her grandparents’ home in Lahore; to her adolescence in Pakistan’s new capital, Islamabad; to

Syracuse and Ithaca, New York, where Khan finds her footing as the mother of young, brown

sons in post-9/11 America; to her birthplace, Vienna, where her parents die; and finally to

Amsterdam and Maastricht, the cities of her mother’s conflicted youth. In Khan’s gripping

telling of her immigrant experience, she shows us what it is to raise children and lose parents in

worlds other than your own. Drawing on family history, geopolitics, and art in this stunning

story of loss, identity, and rediscovery, Khan beautifully illuminates the complexities of our

evolving global world and its most important constant: love.



About the writer: Sorayya Khan is the author of novels, NOOR, FIVE QUEEN’S

ROAD, and CITY OF SPIES which received the Best International Fiction

Book Award, Sharjah International Book Fair, 2015. She is the daughter

of a Pakistani father and a Dutch mother, was born in Europe, grew up

in Pakistan, and now lives in New York with her family.

Discout code:

CITIES will get people 30% off the book and free shipping in the U.S.


KHAN will get people 40% off the hardcover (no free shipping), or 20% off the pdf.


For both codes, the purchaser needs to use them in the shopping cart—so go to the webpage for the book, add the code (must be in all caps) and hit “apply code.”  

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