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An evening with Yasmin Zaher

8 August @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

We are delighted to welcome Yasmin Zaher to West Kirby, to celebrate the publication of her exceptional debut novel, THE COIN.

We are thrilled to welcome the Palestinian writer and journalist, Yasmin Zaher to the bookshop to celebrate the publication of her blistering debut novel, THE COIN.

Join us on Thursday 8th August, 7pm, when Yasmin will be reading from and discussing the book, answering questions from the audience and signing copies of THE COIN.

Tickets are £6/ £17 (inc. a copy of the book) and complimentary drinks will be provided. If you can’t make the event and would like a signed/dedicated copy of THE COIN please email hello@thewestkirbybookshop.com.

We look forward to seeing you there!


‘Yasmin Zaher’s The Coin does much more than meet the highest standards of literature: it sets its own standards…The Coin is not a wonderful beginning that promises masterpieces to come – it already is a masterpiece’ – Slavoj Zizek

‘The Coin is a filthy, elegant book, keen on the fixations that overtake the body and upend a life’ – Raven Leilani, author of Luster

‘I loved this bonkers novel. I was hooked by the voice, and mesmerized by the glamorous and sordid hijinks. I have never read such a strange and recognizable representation of post-2016 New York City, its luxury and squalor. Zaher is a writer to watch’ – Elif Batuman, author of The Idiot

‘The Coin is a brilliant, audacious, powerhouse of a novel. A story of obsession and appetite, politics and class, it is deliciously unruly. An exceptional debut by an outrageous new talent’ – Katie Kitamura, author of Intimacies

A bold and unabashed novel about a young Palestinian woman’s unraveling as she teaches at a New York City middle school, gets caught up in a scheme reselling Birkin bags, and strives to gain control over her body and mind

The Coin‘s narrator is a wealthy Palestinian woman with impeccable style and meticulous hygiene. And yet the ideal self, the ideal life, remains just out of reach: her inheritance is inaccessible, her homeland exists only in her memory and her attempt to thrive in America seems doomed from the start.

In New York, she strives to put down roots. She teaches at a school for underprivileged boys, where her eccentric methods cross boundaries. She befriends a homeless swindler, and the two participate in a pyramid scheme reselling Birkin bags.

But America is stifling her – her wilfulness, her sexuality, her principles. In an attempt to regain control, she becomes preoccupied with purity, cleanliness and self-image, all while drawing her students into her obsessions. In an unforgettable denouement, her childhood memories converge with her material and existential statelessness and the narrator unravels spectacularly.

In enthralling, sensory prose, The Coin explores nature and civilisation, beauty and justice, class and belonging – all while resisting easy moralising. Provocative, wry and inviting, The Coin marks the arrival of a major new literary voice.


Yasmin Zaher is a Palestinian writer and journalist. She got her B.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering at Yale University and an MFA in Creative Writing at The New School, where she was advised by Katie Kitamura. She lives in Paris.


8 August
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


The West Kirby Bookshop
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