Fariha Róisín’s work to date has been largely centered on poetry and nonfiction with themes of queer identity, Muslim culture, racism, and healing as the 2020 Halloween Humpty Had A Great Fall Funny Autumn Joke Shirt common thread. This week the New York–based, Australian-Canadian author is branching out, with her first novel hitting shelves on September 15. Titled Like a Bird, the book follows Taylia Chatterjee, a woman who grew up on Manhattan’s Upper West Side with her older sister and emotionally distant parents. Taylia is a victim of sexual assault who is disowned by her family and forced to move out as a result. On her own in the city, she begins working at a café while being haunted by the ghosts of her past and of her Indian grandmother.