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Monster Child

by (author) Rahela Nayebzadah

Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd
Initial publish date
May 2021
Family Life, Cultural Heritage, Literary
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2021
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In a powerful debut novel Rahela Nayebzadah introduces three unforgettable characters: Beh, Shabnam and Alif. In a world swirling with secrets, racism and a touch of magic we watch through the eyes of these children as their family of Afghan immigrants try to find their way in an often uncaring society. But as a sexual assault on thirteen-year-old Beh unleashes the past and destroys the family the reader is left wondering who is the monster child?

About the author

A mother of two, Rahela Nayebzadah holds a PhD in the Faculty of Education from the University of British Columbia. Currently, she is a schoolteacher. Her autobiographical novel, Jeegareh Ma (2012), was based on her family's migration to Canada from Afghanistan.

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  • Short-listed, Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize – BC and Yukon Book Prizes
  • Short-listed, Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize – BC and Yukon Book Prizes

Editorial Reviews

"Monster Child is a brief, intense attack of a novel capable of leaving one breathless and uncomfortably provoked – and this isn’t a bad thing. Discomfort challenges you. It can change you."

The Miramichi Reader

"This is the most powerful and emotional book I have ever read in my life."

Canadian Book Addict

"Nayebzadah packs a complicated family history into this short novel, rife with trauma . . . from the beginning until the end."

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