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A poetry compilation recounting a woman’s journey from self-loathing to self-acceptance, confusion to clarity, and bitterness to forgiveness   Following in the footsteps of such category killers as Milk and Honey and Whiskey Words & a Shovel I, Fariha Róisín’s poetry book is a collection of her thoughts as a young, queer, Muslim femme navigating the difficulties o A poetry compilation recounting a woman’s journey from self-loathing to self-acceptance, confusion to clarity, and bitterness to forgiveness   Following in the footsteps of such category killers as Milk and Honey and Whiskey Words & a Shovel I, Fariha Róisín’s poetry book is a collection of her thoughts as a young, queer, Muslim femme navigating the difficulties of her intersectionality. Simultaneously, this compilation unpacks the contentious relationship that exists between Róisín and her mother, her platonic and romantic heartbreaks, and the cognitive dissonance felt as a result of being so divided among her broad spectrum of identities.  


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A poetry compilation recounting a woman’s journey from self-loathing to self-acceptance, confusion to clarity, and bitterness to forgiveness   Following in the footsteps of such category killers as Milk and Honey and Whiskey Words & a Shovel I, Fariha Róisín’s poetry book is a collection of her thoughts as a young, queer, Muslim femme navigating the difficulties o A poetry compilation recounting a woman’s journey from self-loathing to self-acceptance, confusion to clarity, and bitterness to forgiveness   Following in the footsteps of such category killers as Milk and Honey and Whiskey Words & a Shovel I, Fariha Róisín’s poetry book is a collection of her thoughts as a young, queer, Muslim femme navigating the difficulties of her intersectionality. Simultaneously, this compilation unpacks the contentious relationship that exists between Róisín and her mother, her platonic and romantic heartbreaks, and the cognitive dissonance felt as a result of being so divided among her broad spectrum of identities.  

30 review for How to Cure a Ghost

  1. 5 out of 5

    Asia J

    4.5* stars. this book ripped my heart out of my body, put it in my hands, and said “okay now do something about it.” in the best possible way.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    I really enjoyed this - there were so many lines that made me laugh, and too many that I related to. Roisin is so honest and it really made me stop and reflect. She surprised me and I think that's one of the best things you can probably do, especially as a debut author. This kind of reminded me of Milk and Honey, but with more depth that I was looking for when I first read Kaur's work. I'm definitely looking forward to more from Roisin.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    This book represents all the tumblr poetry cliches of 2019: Yes This White Person Really Said This Thing To Me this time dad, you're wrong I Don't Give A Fuck About What White People Say To Me somehow misogynistic dual idolization/tear down of your mother trauma fetishization Referring to all women as femmes assuming mantel of ancestral struggle that has nothing to do with you sexual mangoes Beauti This book represents all the tumblr poetry cliches of 2019: Yes This White Person Really Said This Thing To Me this time dad, you're wrong I Don't Give A Fuck About What White People Say To Me somehow misogynistic dual idolization/tear down of your mother trauma fetishization Referring to all women as femmes assuming mantel of ancestral struggle that has nothing to do with you sexual mangoes Beautiful illustrations throughout!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    4.5* Please, if you buy the book, get a physical copy. The illustrations and the binding are beautiful. I’m so glad that I bought this (thank-you NoName for putting it on your book club list). There were so many poems that I just felt in my core as I read the words, and I know I will be coming back to this collection again.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jaymee Gray

    4/5 “better still, i am open to opening // to belonging to myself.” High points are impactful, and there were many. The illustrations beautifully maintain and complement the mood created by Róisín’s writing, culminating into a beautiful piece of work to hold. Overall lovely!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Monika

    Beautiful, moving, and powerful poetry.

  7. 4 out of 5

    abbie

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    Jackie

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    Tal Howarth

  10. 5 out of 5

    Camille Rene

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    Anisha Dhanjal

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    Erin

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    Maria

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    Candace

  16. 4 out of 5

    Patty Bommarito

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mariana

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    Adeline

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    McKinley

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    Sieske

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    Nina Guzman

  22. 5 out of 5

    Madzia McCutcheon

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jocelyn

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    Lisa S

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    Robyn Ehrlich

  26. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

  27. 5 out of 5

    Emma Farley

  28. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

  29. 4 out of 5

    Trevolio

  30. 5 out of 5

    J Barr

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