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What a delightful Pride & Prejudice set in modern-day Muslim community in Toronto, Canada. I loved how the characters were multi-dimensional. I loved the plotline of discrimination in the workplace. I loved the intricacies of family dynamics. I loved the poetry. My big complaint is that Ayesha's reflections on being a substitute teacher are insulting to good teachers. The audio is fantastic!

From the publisher:
Ayesha Shamsi has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives with her boisterous Muslim family and is always being reminded that her flighty younger cousin, Hafsa, is close to rejecting her one hundredth marriage proposal. Though Ayesha is lonely, she doesn't want an arranged marriage. Then she meets Khalid who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. She is irritatingly attracted to someone who looks down on her choices and dresses like he belongs in the seventh century.

Ayesha is torn between how she feels about the straightforward Khalid and the unsettling new gossip she hears about his family. Looking into the rumors, she finds she has to deal with not only what she discovers about Khalid, but also the truth she realizes about herself.

1 comment:

Paula said...

Sounds interesting. I might listen to this!