Four Eids and a Funeral

Said and Tiwa do not get along. But they used to be best friends, and there’s nothing like a funeral for bringing people together. Even if that didn’t quite work, there’s always Eid and a fire at a cherished local Islamic centre to really seal the deal. Hands forced by circumstance and equipped with a bitterness that only comes from having once been truly great friends, Said and Tiwa must negotiate being back in each other’s orbit in this dual-perspective novel, sharing an uneasy if common objective to save their community space.

Four Eids and a Funeral’s greatest strength lies in its sense of community. Large focus is given to th activism, spearheaded by Tiwa, that takes place on a local level, within local governments and through community organising on the ground. Borrowing more than the title pun from film, the authors use their deuteragonists’ distinct voices to give an incredible, almost cinematic sense of spaces, crowds and thriving community heartbeat. The use of flashbacks to Eids of years past has a scenic quality that, along with some playful narrative framing, contributes to the cinematic sensibility. Contrarily, substantiation of the romance plot suffered slightly at the cost of preserving the relationships’ big backstory reveals.

While some threads are looked at with more glance than focus, such as intra-community race relations, grief and the individual’s conversations with faith, the vibrancy the authors lend to their portrayal of the collective provides a shining anchor point of belonging.

About the Author
Photo of author Adiba Jaigirdar
Adiba Jaigirdar is the critically-acclaimed and bestselling author of The Henna Wars and Hani & Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating. A Bangladeshi/Irish writer and teacher, she has an MA in postcolonial studies from the University of Kent, England and a BA in English and History from University College Dublin, Ireland. All of her writing is aided by tea, and a healthy dose of Janelle Monáe and Hayley
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Publication Date
June 2024