Join Arsenal Pulp Press and the Toronto International Festival of Authors in celebrating the release of Adnan Khan’s There Has to be a Knife through Toronto Lit Up! The event will include host/DJ Krish Dineshkumar and Khalida Venus Hassan as a guest reader.
For readers of Brother by David Chariandy and Scarborough by Catherine Hernandez, Adnan Khan’s blistering debut novel investigates themes of race, class, masculinity, and contemporary relationships.
Omar Ali is a ticking time bomb. A phone call from his ex-girlfriend Anna’s father plunges him into darkness when he learns that she’s committed suicide. Clueless and hurting, Omar turns to violence and petty crime to cope. His nefarious activities catch the attention of the RCMP, who pressure him into becoming an informant at a mosque they suspect harbours a terrorist cell. Unravelling from insomnia, sorrow, and rage, Omar grasps at his last shred of hope, embarking on a quest to find the note he’s convinced Anna left for him.
There Has to Be a Knife examines expectations – both intimate and political – on brown men, exploring ideas of cultural identity and the tropes we use to represent them.
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Adnan Khan has written for VICE, the Globe and Mail, and Hazlitt. He has been nominated for a National Magazine Award and in 2016 won the RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award. There Has to Be a Knife is his first novel.