2020 FinalistRBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers
for This Hard Easy Life
“'This Hard Easy Life' is as insightful as it is heartbreaking; a story about the ways in which even love itself can become a kind of prison. Through intimate detail, compelling prose, and quiet, emotionally devastating scenes, Jamaluddin Aram gives the reader a nuanced look at life before and after displacement. This complicated, compassionate work of fiction reminds us that who and what we are is forever and inextricably tied to where we are, and where we are not. A painful, beautiful story."
—2020 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award Short Fiction Jury (Kris Bertin, Djamila Ibrahim, and Carrianne Leung)