The Lovers 

Yumna Kassab 

An unforgettable novel about the most universal subject of all – love.


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What happens when we become used to each other, when we become bored, when we anticipate each other’s moods like the seasons cycled in a day? What happens when you are tired of me and I tire of you?

Every couple has a story. How they met, how they fell in love – their ups, their downs. What made them want to be in each other's arms day and night. The struggle of family expectations. The need to please each other, the desire to go their separate ways. It is about the private universe between two people as they try to hold to each other despite the barriers of geography, culture and class.

Every couple has a beginning, a middle, and maybe an end. 

The Lovers is an enchanting fable that explores the light and dark of a relationship – a love distilled down to its barest form. You might think you know this story. Maybe you do.







Praise for Australiana

‘The real deal’

Favel Parrett, author of Past The Shallows and There Was Still Love

‘Rare it is to read a voice as crisp and authentic as Kassab – the stories captured in Australiana show our country in all its complexity, mess and glory’

Zoya Patel, author of No Country Woman

Australiana plays with myths of Australian bush life while simultaneously restoring focus on the stories of those who live their lives in the regions. I recognise my young self and those I lived among in its pages.’

The Conversation

‘poetic, wise and peppered with black humour.’

T: The New York Times Style Magazine Australia

‘It is a novel of themes, textures, and interplay, seeking engagement through white space and chorus.’

The Australian

‘Kassab creates an eerie sense of place as the reader is drawn into myriad perspectives and geographies. Without doubt Australiana is an unnerving contribution to contemporary novel writing in this continent.’

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About the author

Yumna Kassab is a writer from Western Sydney. She studied medical science and neuroscience at university. Her first book of short stories, The House of Youssef, has been listed for prizes including the Victorian Premier's Literary Award, Queensland Literary Award, NSW Premier's Literary Award and The Stella Prize. Her second work of fiction, Australiana, was published in 2022.