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If I Tell You the Truth

A YA novel by Jasmin Kaur.

Jasmin Kaur

In this sophomore novel, Jasmin Kaur explores trauma, fear, courage, community, and the healing power of love in its many forms.

Kiran flees her home in Punjab for a fresh start in Canada after a sexual assault leaves her pregnant. But overstaying her visa and living undocumented brings its own perils for both her and her daughter, Sahaara.

Sahaara would do anything to protect her mother. When she learns the truth about Kiran's past, she feels compelled to seek justice — even if it means challenging a powerful and dangerous man.

if i tell you the truth

that i've dug

from the hardened depths

of this shrapnel-filled dirt

with these aching, bloody hands

would you believe me?

would you still love me? (From HarperCollins)

Jasmin Kaur is an illustrator, spoken word artist and author from Vancouver. Her approach to writing has drawn comparisons to Canadian poet Rupi Kaur and American writer Elizabeth Acevedo. She is also the author of When You Ask Me Where I'm Going.

Interviews with Jasmin Kaur

Jasmin Kaur's work has shown up everywhere, from Reese Witherspoon's social media to Jennifer Lopez's performance at the American Music Awards. Now, she's released her first collection of poetry called When You Ask Me Where I'm Going. 17:00
Vancouver-based writer and illustrator Jasmin Kaur reads her poem Lost and Found from her new young adult novel, If I Tell You the Truth, which blends prose, poetry and illustrations. The book tells the story of a Punjabi mother who outstays her visa in Canada, and explores the perils that being undocumented brings to both her and her daughter. 4:12

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