I Can’t Breathe is a fictional novel set during the time when a video showing George Floyd’s final moments and his dying words, “I Can’t Breathe” went viral. The novel depicts its global impact and how it empowered individuals to speak out against discrimination by organizing rallies and marches.
Khusboo, the novel’s main character and a lawyer, is empathetic to women’s concerns and helps many women who are trapped in abusive and suffocating relationships. The novel also briefly depicts racism in its various forms, including sexual harassment at work, negligence in care homes, and so on. Although most people face this, the story shows that some individuals are strong enough to deal with it, while some, like Aadrika, a sensitive and fragile woman, cannot. The novel is set against a backdrop of events in Khusboo and Aadrika’s lives, including how they are deceived, betrayed, and abandoned by Anil, her father, but even in the pit of darkness, there are hues of rainbow of love and hope that glimmer momentarily throughout the novel.