Out today in Canada and the UK is bestselling and award-winning author Sheena Kamal’s YA debut, Fight Like A Girl.
Young Trisha lives in Toronto but feels the echoes of a background in Trinidad. Trisha is a Muay Thai fighter, a form of kickboxing that lets her divert the violence she senses inside of herself into a more acceptable — and perhaps controllable? — form.
When her physically violent father dies when he wanders, drunk, in front the car novice driver Trisha is driving, the young woman’s life changes instantly. Her mother begins to behave in strange ways, and even has a new man in her life. Trisha starts to think that maybe her father’s death wasn’t an accident at all. And she begins to suspect that her mom’s destructive patterns are repeating.
“This is probably the most outrageous thing I’ve ever written,” Kamal has said. “I’m absurdly proud of it. It was a blast being inside the mind of someone so frenetic, and it was also almost too much fun to write about Muay Thai, a sport I’ve been training on and off for over a decade.”
Fight Like A Girl is Kamal’s first work for young adults. The Lost Ones, her debut novel, won the 2018 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, a Strand Magazine Critics Award and Macavity Award for Best First Novel. It has been sold in fifteen countries and was a Globe and Mail Bestseller, a TIME Magazine Recommended Read, an iBooks Best Book, a Bustle Best Book and a Powell’s Pick. Her next adult thriller, No Going Back, is out next month. ◊