“Foreign-Returned”
by Sadia Shepard
from the January 8, 2018 issue of The New Yorker

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying the holiday and that you might find time to read a bit.

If you’re so inclined, you can start the year out with fiction from The New Yorker, which has just published Sadia Shepard’s “Foreign-Returned.” I don’t believe I’ve ever heard of Shepard. Looking around a bit online, she is a documentary filmmaker and author. In 2008, Penguin published her memoir The Girl from Foreign: A Search for Shipwrecked Ancestors, Lost Loves, and a Sense of Home. That title clearly has a nice connection with this week’s title, though “Foreign-Returned” is clearly not a continuation of her nonfiction memoir; here the main characters are a man named Hasan and a woman named Hina.

Please start or join in the conversation below — tell us what you think of the story. I’m looking forward to another year of great discussions focused on the fiction in The New Yorker.

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