Good Words

“Lyrical and challenging. . . . Hasanat takes joy in the expressiveness of the written word.”

— (Kirkus Review)


“With poetic and often searing language, the stories in Fayeza Hasanat’s début collection, The Bird Catcher, illuminate the struggles of Bangladeshi and Bangladeshi-American women—struggles that are often rooted in misogyny or other forms of prejudice. Throughout the stories run threads of resistance: a necessity of living with lasting, systemic oppression, and cause now and then for glimmers of hope.”

— (Small Press Picks)

“The alienated subject of these stories reaches for our hands and guides us forcefully to hear and recognize her voice, her desire, her anguished cry.… It is the cry of the human spirit.” —Obi Nwakanma, author of Thirsting for Sunlight


“The Bird Catcher has no agenda but to tell the truth: magic stories accrued through delicate sentences that explode with candid grace.” —Lily Hoang, author of Changing and A Bestiary


“A razor-sharp, insightful book of stories, a never-quiet, but nevertheless perennially subtle exploration of womanhood, culture, and identity.” —David James Poissant, author of The Heaven of Animals