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These Letters End in Tears by Musih Tedji Xaviere

These Letters End in Tears by Musih Tedji Xaviere


While chasing a rogue football, Fatima crosses paths with Bessem and the instant attraction between the two propels them into a life-changing romance. Despite an atmosphere of threat due to the criminalisation of same-sex relationships in their home country of Cameroon, Fatima and Bessem persevere in living out their love. All seems to be going well, until one day tragedy strikes, and Fatima disappears...


Thirteen years later, Bessem is now a university professor, keeping her sexuality secret but bonding with her equally-closeted friend Jamal and the queer community around her. But Fatima still haunts her. A chance encounter with people from her past, pushes Bessem to finally go after the truth of her lover's whereabouts.


Told mostly through unsent letters, These Letters End in Tears, powerfully charts all the different ways that love, despite all odds, can persevere.




‘Xaviere writes with care and love. A beautiful story spanning years, is delicately told making it impossible to hold back the tears that surged forward. Xaviere is an author who weaves words together in such a way that they haunt you long after, you've read the last page. A gorgeous and heart wrenching debut' - Kelechi Okafor, author of Edge of Here


‘Musih Tedji Xaviere's debut novel These Letters End In Tears is a beautifully tender, heartfelt story about love and the devastating consequences of a world that is not yet all accepting. Her prose is deft and delicate, pulling you quickly in and holding you, as though you were living it' - JJ Bola, author of The Selfless Act of Breathing


'A tender, moving portrait of forbidden desire. In deft, clear prose, Xaviere presents us with the devastating and yet redemptive power of love' - Chukwuebuka Ibeh, author of Blessings


  • Details

    Imprint: Jacaranda Books

    Publication Date: 28 March 2024

    ISBN: 9781914344381

    Pages: 240

    Format: Hardback

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