“[A] a powerful tale of guilt and betrayal…Tell Her Everything…is about a doctor who betrays the principle of empathy. But it is through the empathic act of writing – of putting pen to paper and reckoning with those who have suffered at his hands – that he succeeds in recovering his humanity and coming back from his own living death…plotted with great care.” —The Guardian
"Tell Her Everything is a layered recital of intricately woven hauntings, decisions, and confessions...[A] story that is at once haunting, tender, and gripping." — Chicago Review of Books
A doctor working in a prosperous Middle Eastern city finds himself placed in an unconscionable situation ...
As he prepares for a visit from his long-estranged daughter, Dr K., a retired surgeon enjoying the comforts of retirement in London, rehearses the conversation he will finally have with her. It’s been years since he has seen her, and he has spent much of that time polishing the confession he wants to make to her.
But as her visit draws closer, he finds his memories to be freshly torturous. He recalls leaving his childhood home in India to accept a dream job, working for a state hospital in a prosperous oil monarchy. Suddenly, he'd had access to a lifestyle that he would never have had back home. Money and success came quickly . . . as long as he performed certain tasks for the state. The price for that proved steep and often unbearable, especially to a wife and daughter who watch him walk the perilous path of lifelong ambition.
Tell Her Everything is a tense, visceral, and moving novel about a father's love for his daughter, and about a medical professional grappling with remorse, shame and despair. Recalling the work of Ishiguro, Coetzee and Kafka, it asks: Where does one draw the line between empathy and sacrifice? Between integrity and survival? Between prosperity and love?