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Three Pakistani-American teenagers, on a trip through the land of pork ribs, mechanical bulls, and Confederate flags. It's going to be quite an adventure.

The summer after her freshman year of college, Mariam is looking forward to working and hanging out with her best friends: irrepressible and beautiful Ghazala, and religious but closeted Umar.

But when a scandalous photo of Ghaz appears on a billboard in Times Square, Mariam and Umar come up with a plan to rescue her from her furious parents. And what could be a better escape than a spontaneous road trip down to New Orleans?

With the heartbreaking honesty of Julie Murphy's Dumplin' mixed with with the cultural growing pains and smart snark of When Dimple Met Rishi, this wry, remarkable road-trip story is about questioning where you come from - and choosing the family that chooses you back.

About the Author

Sheba Karim

Sheba Karim's second YA novel, That Thing We Call a Heart (Harper Collins May 2017) , is about first love and friendship and set to a soundtrack of Urdu poetry and Radiohead. Her first, Skunk Girl, was published in the United States, Denmark, India, Italy and Sweden. She is a graduate of New York University School of Law and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in 580 Split, Asia Literary Review, Barn Owl Review, EGO, Kartika Review, Off Assignment, Shenandoah, South Asian Review, Time Out Delhi and in several anthologies in the United States and India, including Cornered, Electric Feather and Venus Fly Trap. She is the editor of Alchemy: The Second Tranquebar Book of Erotic Short Stories, published November 2012. Find out more at www.shebakarim.com.

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