200 pages | ISBN 978-1-989496-30-5
In a powerful debut novel author 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 three children as Nayebzadah's 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? Is it Beh, who says she is called a disease? Is it Shabnam, who cries tears of blood? Is it Alif, who in the end declares "We are a family of monsters"? Or are the monsters all around us?
What We're Reading: Editors' Picks, Spring 2021 (Hamilton Review of Books, 12/02/2021)
Rahela's novel makes the HRB's list of most anticipated spring titles!
Most Anticipated: Our 2021 Spring Fiction Preview (49th Shelf, 07/01/2021)
Rahela's novel is one of 49th Shelf's most anticipated!
Unleashing tragedy and mayhem (BC Booklook, 06/11/2020)
An advance notice for Rahela Nayebzadah's debut novel 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.