COVER REVEAL! WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HERE by Samra Habib

We are so proud to reveal the cover of Samra Habib’s queer muslim memoir! Read the full description from Viking Canada below.

How do you find yourself when the world tells you that you don’t exist?

Samra Habib has spent most of her life searching for the safety to be herself. As an Ahmadi Muslim growing up in Pakistan, she faced regular threats from Islamic extremists who believed the small, dynamic sect to be blasphemous. From her parents, she internalized the lesson that revealing her identity could put her in grave danger.

When her family came to Canada as refugees, Samra encountered a whole new host of challenges: bullies, racism, the threat of poverty, and an arranged marriage. Backed into a corner, her need for a safe space — in which to grow and nurture her creative, feminist spirit — became dire. The men in her life wanted to police her, the women in her life had only shown her the example of pious obedience, and her body was a problem to be solved.

So begins an exploration of faith, art, love, and queer sexuality, a journey that takes her to the far reaches of the globe to uncover a truth that was within her all along. A triumphant memoir of forgiveness and family, both chosen and not, We Have Always Been Here is a rallying cry for anyone who has ever felt out of place and a testament to the power of fearlessly inhabiting one’s truest self.

Samra Habib’s debut memoir to Viking Canada

Penguin Canada managing editor David Ross has acquired world rights to Toronto writer Samra Habib’s WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HERE, a memoir of the transformative experiences that have shaped her identity as a queer Muslim, to be published under the Viking imprint in spring 2019. The deal was arranged by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency.